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With the show season just around the corner, we have previews for October’s Hot Tub Living Expo held at the NEC plus November’s Piscine Global which is in Lyon. As the largest industry show in the world, it’s arguably a must attend event. Having already touched on the subject of the weather, it seems appropriate that we have a feature on enclosures – products that ensure that pools and spas can be used to their full potential, regardless of the conditions. We also take a good look at high-end hot tubs, a key segment of the market which offers the ultimate luxury experience to the serious tub enthusiast.

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Well since the last edition of SPN, the UK weather finally made an effort and improved somewhat, but once again, it’s not been the ideal summer season for the country as a whole and therefore, sadly, for the industry. What has been good though was watching the truly amazing efforts of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes. I must admit, I lost count of the times I found myself willing them on (shouting at my TV, often during the small hours) and both sporting spectacles were an inspiration to watch. They were of course made even better thanks to some amazing medal winning performances which also ensured that the spotlight was firmly on swimming and diving in Rio – something that can only benefit the industry as a whole. Even the fiasco of the ‘green pool’, which made headlines everywhere and got people talking, should, in my opinion, be seen as a positive. After all, they say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, although I would imagine the Brazilian organisers didn’t quite see it that way! It was later revealed that unbeknown to them, 80 litres of hydrogen peroxide had been dumped into the affected pools, neutralising the chlorine that was present and therefore creating an algae bloom. The incident illustrated that even at the highest operating level, there is no room for complacency when it comes to the correct treatment of pool water. In this issue, we don’t have a feature on water treatment but we do cover our usual wide range of subjects.

For those seeking something that’s not an off the shelf solution, we’ve a piece on tiled spas and swim spas – a niche sector which offers flexible and bespoke solutions for both domestic and commercial markets alike. When it comes to water, we focus on the subject of filtration and a number of new products and innovations that are improving performance and reducing water use. On the theme of innovation, this issue we put the spotlight on Fairlocks Pool Products, a company which has provided the UK trade with a number of innovative products over the last decade and who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. In our regular features, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his thoughts on looking for the positives when we face the inevitable challenges through life, while Robbie Phillips, STA’s Lead Pool Plant Expert looks at ‘plugging the skills gap’ in the swim school sector to ensure all pools are safe for their users. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA, BISHTA and SPATEX including a piece from WRAS Technical Adviser, Dr Steve Tuckwell, on Water Fittings Regulations. Finally, we’ve also got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad. So that’s this issue broken down – I hope you enjoy it and maybe we’ll see you at one of the shows over the coming months.

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Rio Medal Successes Could Provide A Welcome Boost For Industry

With 13 Olympic medals achieved in swimming and diving followed by a staggering 47 medals won in the pool at the Paralympics, it’s fair to say that Rio 2016 was a great success for Great Britain pool based athletes. With the sporting spotlight firmly on a number of amazing performances, the high profile media coverage could provide a welcome boost to the UK wet leisure industry as a whole. Stand out performances included a world record performance and gold medal for Adam Peaty in the men’s 100m breaststroke, plus gold medals for synchronised diving duo, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears in the men’s 3m springboard event. The duo’s achievement was historic as it was the first Olympic diving gold ever won by the British team and the pair produced an amazing display under pressure which added the Olympic title to their existing Commonwealth and European crowns. Jack, who has been sponsored over recent years by Gloucestershire based water treatment and dosing equipment company Complete Pool Controls (CPC), also won a silver medal in the men’s 3m springboard. Featuring in the February 2016 edition of SPN, Jack said that his sponsorship from CPC had allowed him to move to Leeds to train in a full time programme and that thanks to their support, he had been given more independence which was crucial in improving his performances both in training and competition. SPN would like to congratulate Jack and all of the athletes who flew the flag in Rio.

Rio 2016 gold medallist Jack Laugher

Plans For City Pool And Turkish Baths Approved Plans to reopen Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths have entered an exciting new phase with the granting of planning permission and listed building consent. Newcastle City Council gave the go-ahead for work to begin on transforming the Grade II listed building into a leisure destination for the 21st century. The £5m redevelopment by charity Fusion Lifestyle will bring the City Pool and Turkish Baths back into use in 2018 – along with new health and wellbeing facilities, a new spa facility and bistro café. Work is expected to begin early in 2017 on the sympathetic restoration and regeneration of the 1920s building which was designed in a distinctive neo-Georgian style. Peter Kay, Chief Executive of Fusion

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Lifestyle, said: “It’s great news that planning permission has been granted for our scheme. That means we can get on with saving this magnificent building. “We’ll now be finalising the details of the redevelopment to ensure it will fully meet the needs of a modern leisure facility. This is no

small task as the huge building has been empty for several years – but a task we relish. “As well as the pool and Turkish Baths there will be a range of health and wellbeing facilities including fitness facilities, exercise studios and treatment rooms. “We are now working with our architects Napper on the interior design to ensure it is in keeping with the many original features such as the ornate plasterwork and tiled wall finishes that are being retained. “The new facilities will beautifully complement the refurbishment of the existing features to allow the building to carry on its journey for the next 100 years.” 28/09/2016 10:53

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NEWS ISPE’S 113TH ONEDAY SEMINAR INCLUDES AGM AND AWARDS On Tuesday 18 October, The Watermill Hotel will again be the venue for The Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers’ (ISPE) annual AGM and Awards. The day, which is the organisation’s 113th one-day seminar, will also include a presentation from Ian Betts will provide an introduction to the New Euro Standards for Domestic Pools, a must see for anyone involved with domestic pools. ISPE President John Cheek will be looking at some of the problems bad water quality can have on the plant and equipment and after lunch, will then host a short AGM followed by presentations of certificates to the successful students who have passed their ISPE exams to become Certified ISPE Technicians. Who will win the Gartside Cup for Student of the Year? John Cheek will then give a short overview of the CDM Regulations and an update on CPD training. ISPE are also delighted to welcome Allen Wilson back who, as most will know, should not be missed! All attendees will receive certificates, indicating 4 CPD points at the end of the day.

STA BROADENS MEMBERS’ LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES STA has been appointed an official reseller of YMCA Awards’ e-learning portfolio, which will enable members to access a new suite of interactive online CPD courses and eBooks at a discounted price. STA is committed to supporting learners after qualification, and by agreeing to become a reseller of YMCA Awards, members can now explore a much wider range of CPD subjects to extend their knowledge and widen their skills. Topics range from muscle physiology to bones and joints, weight management and principles of fitness – plus lots, lots more. 9&11_SPN_Oct_16_News_General.indd 9

Hydrofloors Rebranded As Twinscape

Hydrofloors have announced a rebranding along with a new corporate name. The business will now be called Twinscape® and have a tagline of ‘Reinvent the art of space’. For the last six months the company have been working on a total rebrand and are now excited to be able to announce the changes and the reasons behind them. Alexander de Wit acquired Hydrofloors® in 2014 and since then, the company has been making lots of changes to reflect the phenomenal growth and future prospects for the company. The decision was made to move the European offices from Belgium to Colchester in the UK, which happened in December 2015. Since then the company have begun to expand their team. The move positioned the company better geographically for both its global business and for its biggest European market – the UK. Products are now British designed and engineered and the company has already benefitted from the fantastic local resources. Permanent contracts to previously outsourced employees who have experience and invaluable knowledge have been implemented too. The company’s domination of the American market has continued and it recently engaged a new CEO for the US – Paolo Benedetti – who comes with a wealth of experience in the swimming pool market and related industries. Twinscape North America LLC has been established and is part of the new Twinscape Group. As product lines were extended and with more products planned, it was felt that a name was needed which would reflect the wide range of products and not just the movable floors, although

the Hydrofloors® movable floor does and will remain a core product. Hydrofloors® is now part of the Twinscape Group and will be the name for the movable floor product line. Twinscape Group 01206 838 981

Communication Is Key To Risk Management The introduction of HSG274 Part 4 from April 2016, is a reminder of the need for spa pool and leisure operators to ensure their legionella risk assessments are undertaken. (The 2006 PHE/HSE publication Management of Spa Pools has been updated and forms the new Part 4.) But what happens after the assessment? One of the biggest risks is lack of communication. Joined up thinking between estates and ‘front of house’ staff minimises risk and swimming pool and spa owners should include staff communications in their annual reviews of water safety. “We have often seen a disconnection between poolside operational staff and ‘back room’ technical teams, even for very small pools, and our aim is to bridge that gap,” said Andrew Steel, Managing Director of water treatment specialists Airmec. “Unless each has knowledge of what the other does, and a clear understanding of their own specific responsibilities, there is a risk of errors and omissions. The most likely omissions are correct logging of incidents and how they have been resolved – and that alone could be quite sufficient to attract an expensive intervention by enforcing bodies, local authorities and the HSE,”

he added. Water treatment regimes and systems are critical and complex, and they are inextricably linked with the need for adequate ventilation. All of this calls for special expertise. Thankfully, practical guidance on managing water quality and treatment has been drawn up by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG). In practice, the HSE enforcing authorities – local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive itself – consider the PWTAG Code of Practice as the standard to be achieved in effectively managed swimming pools. A key PWTAG recommendation is that pool managers should review their water safety plan, swimming pool water treatment system and the pool hall ventilation, heating and electrical system (SPTO) at least annually and, Airmec’s Andrew Steel believes these plans should take a leaf out of the healthcare premises’ book and be holistic, involving all staff in monitoring and record keeping. Airmec 01454 275050

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NEWS £6M REDEVELOPMENT FOR HULL LEISURE CENTRE One of Hull’s much-loved leisure centres is preparing to close its doors ahead of a multi-million pound refurbishment and extension. Woodford Leisure Centre is benefitting from a £6m redevelopment which includes the addition of a new 25m six-lane swimming pool, a new learner pool, a new sauna and steamroom, upgraded changing facilities and more. Work is due to begin in October and the centre, which is owned and operated by Hull City Council (HCC), will be equipped with new environmental technologies designed to reduce longer term operating costs. City Manager for Major Projects, Garry Taylor said: “Following extensive consultation with users of Woodford, local residents and visitors to 2015’s summer engagement roadshows, the new facilities at Woodford have been designed to reflect their views. “The investment into Woodford will secure its longterm future as a top swimming and leisure facility and put it up amongst some of the best in the region, providing a top-class offer to the people of Hull.”

ECO-FRIENDLY £6M LEISURE HUB OPENS IN CARDIFF STAR Hub at Splott Park in the south of the city features a 25m swimming pool and numerous other facilities for the local community. Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to deliver a new pool for the community, while the large gym space, library and community café are really going to benefit people in the area.” The construction of the STAR Hub has taken just over a year, with work carried out by contractor Willmot Dixon. The new energy efficient building includes solar thermal panels to reduce heating costs for the Council owned facility. 9&11_SPN_Oct_16_News_General.indd 11

Palintest Proud Winners Of North East Exporters’ Awards Palintest Ltd, a Gatesheadbased manufacturer of water analysis technologies, is delighted to have won the North East Exporters’ Award. The company was nominated in two categories, winning ‘Export Team of the Year’ and a runner up in ‘Conquering New Markets’. Palintest was then named overall winner of the North East England Exporters’ Award. The Awards recognise the efforts of companies that, through exporting achievements, are making a huge contribution to both the regional and UK economy. They also acknowledge and celebrate the strength and diversity of North East exporting. “Winning this award is a testament to the effort our team makes in growing and supporting our business around the world,” commented Palintest’s Managing Director Dave Sidlow. “We’re a highly ambitious company with a proud history making water analysis technologies suitable for many applications and we’ve embraced the challenges and opportunities that exporting can offer a UK business.”

Palintest has invested heavily in the structure required to support exports, with regional hubs in Australia, the Middle East, China and the USA. Recent successes have most notably included sales into China, where the company has grown its business over 200% in the past two years, making it Palintest’s single largest export market. Palintest Limited 0191 491 0808

NIVEKO’s Evolution Overflow Pool A Hit In The Cotswolds Set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire, the Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles which includes more than 150 lakes. This beautiful location provided the latest UK setting for a unique project from Monopools producer NIVEKO – a stunning Evolution overflow pool which features an integrated whirlpool spa. The pool is situated on the terrace of a modern house at the side of one of the lakes. The advantage of the minimalist Evolution pool solution is the smooth transition from pool edge to terrace – ensuring zero obstruction to the extraordinary view at the water level of the pool. The overflow on the pool is barely noticeable and the installation perfectly matches both the property and its neighbouring lake. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

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Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Leisure Centre Opens The new Thorncliffe Health & Leisure Centre is now open. The £7m development in High Green, Sheffield incorporates a six lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, a major fitness suite and specialist health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). The NCSEM is a major new Department of Health Olympic Legacy project designed to deliver education, research and clinical services from three hubs in London, East Midlands and Sheffield. As well as its links with the NCSEM, the centre will also be used

by NHS patients. The development was funded by Sheffield City Council, NCSEM and Ecclesfield Parish Council. With Sport England also investing £1m of National Lottery funding from its Iconic Facilities Fund towards the project. Places for People will operate the centre under a ten year contract to the City Council. Places for People Leisure operates more than 100 leisure centres across the country and has been UK Leisure Operator of the Year for the past three years. Sheffield City Council will work jointly with them to ensure the venue

BRIO’s Technical Operator Course Receives IOSH Accreditation The Swimming Pool Technical Operator (SPTO) course, which is a three day Pool Plant Qualification developed by BRIO Group last year and accredited by PWTAG, has now been officially accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). This is the second Pool Plant Course to be accredited by IOSH, and highlights the level of Health & Safety information and teaching within the course syllabus, something which is essential for pool operators today. The Onsite Designated Supervisors (ODS) course was first to be accredited, by IOSH and PWTAG and is a two day practical qualification which has been a huge success since it was introduced last September. It has been booked out across the UK and Ireland, and the SPTO course looks set for the same success. Public SPTO Courses will be running across the UK from January 2017. The Health & Safety of swimming pool and spa operations have been sorely overlooked in many centres around the UK. With the emphasis on pool operators or owners to ensure their pool is run to the latest industry standards, that their employees are fully trained and operational to run the pool safely, these courses ensure that high standards are met, by independent, experienced tutors, and in keeping with latest industry guidelines. BRIO Group are the only providers and licensed company to offer these IOSH accredited courses which are a great addition to the services they already provide which include risk assessments for swimming pools and spas, the development or updating of operating procedures, consultancy services plus much more. BRIO Group 028 7930 0561

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attracts high levels of usage and operates on an affordable and accessible basis for local people. Sheerwater Consultancy wrote the performance criteria for the swimming pool systems and F T Leisure were responsible for the design, supply and installation of the water treatment and filtration systems for the two pools along with a Poolpod disabled access system. FT Leisure 0161 494 5785

Czech-ing Out The NIVEKO One-piece Pool! Every pool is pre-plumbed and Certikin Travelling Sales all fittings and pipework are Executive Sally Laver recently pressure tested before leaving escorted a contingent of pool the factory. A pool can be installers to the NIVEKO produced in just six weeks from Monopool (one-piece pool) date of order. factory in the Czech Republic. “The following day two of Paul Carman from AquaLeaf AquaLeaf’s customers arrived along with Barry O’Connor and they were bowled over with and Stuart Low from Eden the sleek design of the pools. Pools were welcomed by By the end of the meeting they NIVEKO’s CEO, Simon Janca had upgraded to stainless steel and Export Manager, Marek fittings, colour change LED Hoch. The day consisted of lights and floating steps. The sales and marketing training visit was very beneficial to both on the different models of the pool trade and the end user pools, including the Whisper, designed to be the only virtually and I would highly recommend taking customers over to the silent overflow one-piece pool factory to close the sale.” in the market. Sally said: “We were all Certikin International impressed with how easy the 01993 778855 pools are to install and how well thought-out the design process is. We were shown the manufacturing process, which uses sheets of Polystone made in Germany specifically for (Left to right) NIVEKO’s NIVEKO pools, Michaela Gardonova, which are heat Sally Laver, Paul Carman from AquaLeaf, Barry welded together O’Connor and Stuart Low to form the pool from Eden Pools walls and floor. 28/09/2016 10:35

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Travel The World On Roldeck No it’s not a new magic carpet – this is a serious opportunity to win the luxurious holiday of a lifetime! Certikin and Starline (manufacturers of the Roldeck slatted cover) are launching a spectacular competition to celebrate 30 years of their highly successful partnership. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, entrants need to purchase a complete Roldeck system (including the new EasyCover) and put down a minimum 50% deposit by 31 March 2017. Then simply fill in the entry form and return to Certikin and details will be added to the prize draw. The enviable First Prize is an amazing five-night stay for two in Cape Town, South Africa. The prize is valid until March 2018 and includes return economy flights from London / Cape Town; return transfers – airport / hotel; five nights 4* hotel accommodation sharing a twin / double room; breakfast and a Cape Town helicopter tour – Indian and Atlantic Oceans! The Second Prize is a European city break for two in one of the following cities: Dublin, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Nice, Palma, Barcelona, Munich, Prague, Athens, Bruges. The prize is valid until March 2018 and includes return economy flights – London / one of the above cities; return transfers – airport / hotel; three nights 4* hotel accommodation sharing a twin / double room and breakfast. Prize draw entry is valid for complete Roldeck orders placed (and deposit paid) from 1 September 2016 to 31 March 2017 and you will find out if you’re the lucky winner the first week of April 2017. Purchase is necessary and terms and conditions apply. Certikin International 01993 778855

Aquafine UV System Solves Ongoing Chloramine Challenge A University’s aquatics facilities have recently benefitted from the installation of Aquafine UV systems. Directors at the facility, which boasts four pools and two spas, strive to create a safe and healthy environment and have continually evaluated ways to improve amenities, streamline maintenance processes and enhance patron experience. The reduction, control, and management of chloramines was an ongoing challenge though, particularly in the leisure spa, leisure pool, recreational lap pool, and dive spa. A chloramines gas blanket was occupying areas just above the water surface area and whilst some of that blanket was dissipating upward, into the facility ceiling area, a significant gaseous layer remained present at the surface of the water. This was detracting from the overall bather and competitor experience, and had become an issue. In an effort to keep the problem under control and burn off the chloramines, super-chlorination was done on a regular

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basis. However, this increased operational costs, required staff to handle dangerous chemicals, and also required that the pools be closed for longer periods of time for maintenance. Facility Directors decided to action and after careful consideration and thorough technology exploration, UV was added to the treatment process. The installed systems use mediumpressure (MP) lamp technology and are well suited for flow rates greater than 25 gallons per minute (GPM). By utilising MP technology, lamp count is reduced by up to 90%, which ultimately reduces footprint and maintenance intervals.

Since installation, the units have reduced and maintained levels of chloramines to below 0.3 ppm and improved the overall water quality. The response from swimmers was both immediate and very positive. Aquafine are part of the leading UV manufacturer Trojan Technology and are represented in the UK by Surrey based KK Water Purification. KK Water Purification 01932 852423 28/09/2016 10:55

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David Stalker To Step Down From CIMSPA The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has announced that David Stalker will conclude his tenure as Chair, allowing him to focus on his growing network of facilities under the Oxygen Freejumping venture established in 2015. David Stalker completes his work at the chartered institute having overseen the organisation’s remarkable transformation. “I’m extremely proud of the achievements we have made over the last six years. It’s been a challenging journey re-shaping the institute into the strategic lead for professional development in the sport and physical activity sector and we have made some incredible gains. CIMSPA now has the endorsement of government, the support of Sport England and the backing of employers and the wider sector, something no other organisation in the sector has achieved,” said David. “CIMSPA is firmly established as a strong and successful chartered institute and is perfectly positioned to deliver the workforce development plans as tasked by government. I’m delighted to be able to hand over the reins of such a healthy organisation to Andy Reed who will drive CIMPSA’s success forward.”

Chair of the institute since 2014 and a trustee for four years, David has steered the organisation through its transition to embrace the leadership role demanded by employers and the wider sector. CIMSPA now enjoys wholesale support from employers, awarding organisations and training providers who are working together to drive reform and deliver the workforce development agenda. Under David’s direction, the institute has put employers at the heart of standards and qualifications, leading the development of a single standard matrix to provide clear and defined roles and the training required for every job in the sector, and ultimately creating a career pathway for every sport and physical activity professional. Interim duties as Chair will be taken over by current CIMSPA Board Member Andy Reed (OBE). As director of The Sports Think Tank and a former MP for Loughborough for 13 years, Andy has strong links with government and Sport England. CIMSPA 01509 226474

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Long Serving Employees Retire From Golden Coast

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Golden Coast, the UK’s leading supplier of wet leisure products, has announced the retirement of Peter Lawrence after 30 years at the family-run company. Peter’s three decades of dedication began in the Eighties, when he worked privately for a large property developer who asked Golden Coast to build an ‘award-winning pool’ that was ‘the best of its type in the country’. Golden Coast’s stunning finished swimming pool won a much-coveted national SPATA Gold Award, and when the company appointed its first accountant, they chose Peter. In the years that followed, Peter’s career took him through every part of the company – growing as the company did. Jamie Adams, Golden Coast Managing Director, said: “We’ve always been a friendly, family company. Half of our staff have been here more than 10 years. It’s a tribute to the energy and dedication of employees like Peter that we continue to be the foremost company of our kind in the UK.” In addition to Peter, Golden Coast has also announced the retirement of

long-serving employee David Hart after more than 12 years as the Devon-based company’s lead accountant. Jamie Adams said: “David’s financial guidance and support has played a vital role in Golden Coast’s enormous success; even in difficult economic conditions he has helped us grow and prosper. “As a family-run company we pride ourselves on creating a friendly and happy working environment because we believe in our employees and we think it shows in the quality of our customer service. “David has been an integral part of that affable atmosphere here at Golden Coast and we would like to thank him for more than a decade of dedication to the company. “It is testament to the energy and diligence of amazing employees like David that Golden Coast continues to be the foremost supplier of wet leisure products in the UK.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

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Golden Coast Strengthens With Appointments Of Finance And Procurement Personnel Highly experienced purchasing professional and qualified scuba instructor Richard Fletcher (MCIPS) has joined wet leisure distributor Golden Coast as the company’s new purchasing manager. A member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply – the gold standard for procurement professionals – Richard

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appreciates the value of getting the right goods to the right places at the right time. Jamie Adams, Managing Director of Golden Coast said: “We’re delighted to secure Richard’s services; we really value his vast experience in purchasing and his specialist background in manufacturing and production. “Added to that, Richard has a lifelong love

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of the ocean and marine life, and he’s an excellent scuba diver. “His appointment ensures our customers continue to get the very highest quality products at the very best prices, while also delivering them the market’s most innovative and profitable products.” In addition to Richard’s appointment, highly qualified accountant Lorraine Irwin has also joined the Barnstaple based business as its new Management Accountant. Lorraine has a background in the aerospace, defence and pharmaceuticals industries along with training from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Jamie Adams said: “We’re delighted to add a hugely experienced and very valuable finance professional to our top notch management team. “Lorraine’s experience working for a portfolio of first-class international organisations adds further professionalism and integrity to our company, but we must admit that her exploits in the world of kayaks really won us over.” A keen kayaker, Lorraine paddled her kayak all the way to the island of Lundy, 12 miles off the coast of Devon in the Bristol Channel, and also raised money for charity by completing the 2012 London Kayakathon. Golden Coast 01271 378100

Sign Up Now For Certikin’s Free Industry Training Aimed at increasing the skill set and knowledge of the industry, Certikin and ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers) have organised three important seminars that will bring delegates up to speed on H&V, chemical dosing and filtration with the added bonus of four valuable CPD points for their attendance. The sessions, hosted by Graham Kneale FISPE, will be held at Certikin’s HQ in Witney, Oxfordshire on Thursday 27 October,Tuesday 22 November and Thursday 23 February with the following programme: 10.30am Registration, tea and coffee. 11.00am New developments in Heating and Ventilation by Graham Kneale FISPE, Certikin H&V Field Sales Executive – minimising installation, operation and ownership costs for swimming pool environmental 17&19_SPN_Oct_16_People_News.indd 19

control systems, with facts and figures independently verified by the chartered institute of building services engineers (CIBSE). 12.00pm Tour of Certikin followed by a sandwich lunch. 1.00pm Chemical Dosing – The Bigger Picture by Simon Jay, MD of EMEC – An overview of how to build a winning approach to chemical dosing. From plant room design, through to preventative maintenance, learn what’s imperative to managing chemical dosing opportunities and the relationship with the end client / operator. 2.00pm Commercial Filtration – Improving the bottom line by Steve Nelson ISPE (Cert), Certikin Commercial Manager – Commercial filtration and the principles of good practice to meet PWTAG requirements when designing and sizing up commercial equipment for different type of pools.

The sessions will be hosted by Graham Kneale FISPE

Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis. To book your place, email Jo Catterall:

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Polyurea – A Perfect Pool Lining Solution Available through Easy Pools, LTS Systems’ Polyurea swimming pool lining systems can be used on all new and existing pool constructions and perimeter walkways. This system can be applied to concrete, cement render, coated brick or blockwork, steel or aluminium and woven fabrics like fibreglass, and it’s the ideal solution for swimming pool restoration projects. The spray applied Polyurea coatings have exceptional strength and durability, and are completely UV stable enabling the Polyurea coating systems to withstand extreme changes in weather and temperature. This durability means that Easy Pools are able to guarantee the lining systems for a period of 20 to 25 years. Due to the outstanding properties of the Polyurea coating system, it is the perfect solution for any complicated detail around pool areas. No matter what size

or shape the swimming pool may be, the Polyurea coating will be completely watertight in every respect. Easy Pools and LTS Systems can carry out complete renovations of swimming pools including resurfacing and re colouring without replacement. The product is an environmentally compliant, high performance coating with super fast curing properties allowing for rapid installation. When the material cures, it forms an incredibly hard wearing, tough elastomeric finish. In addition to swimming pools, other areas of application include: waterparks and playgrounds, bund and balance tanks, shower and toilet areas – in fact, anything that needs sealing! Easy Pools 07988 800078 /

The new Top’Moov from T&A

Coverwash is an automatic cleaning system for T&A’s slatted covers

T&A Invests In The Future With New Products And Production Automation Pool cover manufacturer Technics & Applications (T&A) has released two new products for the swimming pool market. The new Top’Moov is a movable version of the EcoTop automatic cover. The roller with solar power supply is mounted on an aluminum frame available in the RAL colour of choice and the top bench is finished with wood. The system has a guiding track on one side and can be moved away from the pool after opening the cover, making the complete pool length available for bathing. This solution is also compatible with nonrectangular pools. The fully automatic AquaTop cover is user-friendly and places an owners’ comfort high on the list of priorities. With this in mind, T&A have developed the ‘Coverwash’ – an automatic

cleaning system for their slatted covers. Using a booster pump in combination with high pressure nozzles, the slats get automatically cleaned every time the cover is opened or closed. This Coverwash ensures that the pool cover stays clean and maintenance is minimised. In addition to their new products, the company has also invested in two brand-new fully-automatic production lines, increasing capacity and shortening lead times. The production lines are equipped with ultrasonic welding devices and in-line quality control. The new production facility can be seen during their training days scheduled to take place in January-February 2017. Technics & Applications + 32 1423 7495

Quantum Put To The Test At Canine Hydrotherapy Centre Worcestershire based Swimming Pool Fitness recently put Elecro Engineering’s Quantum to the test at a Canine Hydrotherapy Centre in Droitwich. The pool is used by approximately 11-15 dogs per day, which means that the water quickly became polluted with animal hair, skin, dirt and urea, creating a very harsh environment that required a robust and effective sanitisation system. The other factor was that the customer wanted a treatment that would work in complement to their existing treatment method – bromine. The Canine Hydrotherapy Association implements a standards guideline that a residual of 3ppmof bromine or chlorine must be present in the water. Previously, Swimming Pool Fitness used a 70W standard UV unit and would dose the pool with bromine in the morning to 3ppm. The level of bromine would be monitored throughout the

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day and topped up – overnight this would fall near to zero PPM. After installing the Quantum, a 55W unit, the level of bromine the following morning remained at around 2ppm, therefore, chemical consumption was cut by two thirds on a unit consuming 21% less power, ensuring considerably better results and significant savings for the pool owner. The advanced sanitisation kills all contaminants but does not affect the residual chemical, enhancing the level of treatment as the total amount of free available chlorine or bromine is higher and able to fight new pollutants entering the pool. Additionally, the level of chloramine/ bromine is reduced, and therefore skin irritation, sore eyes, respiratory problems and off-putting odours are averted.

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AstralPool Introduces LumiPlus LED 1.11 Rapid The LumiPlus LED 1.11 Rapid is AstralPool’s new answer to LED lighting that is compatible with all types of pools, whether they be polyester, concrete or panel liner pools. LumiPlus LED 1.11 Rapid is also suitable for salt water pools. LumiPlus LED 1.11 Rapid is the most versatile option for illuminating any kind of pool without the need for building work or refurbishment. From a single universal light source, PN6 and PN10 Ø63 tube lighting can be installed in prefabricated or liner pools, spas and in any screw-in nozzle of 1½” or 2” BSP using the appropriate adaptor. Available in a white ABS finish, it comes in three models: white light, RGB and wireless RGB. The latter includes the LumiPlus Control Motion system, which does not require an external monitoring device. The RGB model is compatible with all AstralPool LumiPlus Eco, Top, DMX and LED app control systems. Like all of AstralPool’s LED LumiPlus lighting, LumiPlus LED 1.11 Rapid is internally sealed, meaning it is highly reliable, waterproof and avoids potential failures due to incorrect wiring or the manipulation of the internal components.

Barrel Saunas Now Available in Nordic Spruce

Almost Heaven Saunas, manufacturer of authentic Finnish saunas, is excited to announce that all their outdoor Barrel Saunas are now available in Nordic Spruce. Available in the UK from Elite Spas, the Barrel Saunas are able to accommodate anywhere from two to eight individuals. Customers can choose between three types of lumber: the new Nordic spruce, clear Western red cedar and rustic Western red cedar. This enlarged selection makes it easier for customers to choose a sauna that best complements their home. Nordic spruce is a smooth and light-coloured lumber and an excellent material for sauna manufacturing. This wood is naturally resistant to the elements – including mildew and mold – and is also durable, ensuring that customers will be able to enjoy their sauna for years to come. As with all saunas by Almost Heaven Saunas, Barrel Saunas in Nordic spruce have not been treated with any chemicals, creating a completely natural and high-quality sauna experience. The Barrel Sauna design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is also extremely efficient at distributing heat, shedding rain and snow, and providing comfort. Almost Heaven Saunas has been creating easy-toassemble home saunas in the Finnish tradition for nearly 40 years. Elite Spas 0800 849 1060

AstralPool UK 01329 514000

Low Cost Solution To Slippery Decking Issues Wooden decking can become hazardous in damp and slippery conditions, creating the possible threat of slips or falls for anyone walking across the surface. Outside areas where people gather need to be made safe so FibreGrid has come up with a solution to this problem with the development of Anti Slip Standard GRP Decking Strips, part of their affordable GRP SlipGrip® Standard range. Timber decking becomes safer with these quick and easy to install DeckGrip Strips, which come supplied with decking screws and are pre-drilled. Available in lengths of 1,200mm and 2,400mm and widths of 50mm and 90mm, these decking strips are ideal for most decking areas and walkways. They are designed with a chamfered

edge to provide additional safety which reduces any possibility of trips and falls. Unlike other products, no glue is required to install the product. Their main advantages include: • This tough safety solution for decking will last longer than the lifetime of the timber. The fibreglass construction won’t rot or warp and will remain safe even in wet conditions. • The product offers cost effective, low maintenance long term safety • Tough enough for use in busy public spaces. • Rapid, easy installation means it can be done while people continue to use the area while the strips are installed From an aesthetics view point, given the choice of widths available, DeckGrip Strips are able to complement existing decking areas by making a feature of the Strips against the timber substrate. FibreGrid Limited 01440 712722

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New Kit On The Block The new 5 in 1 MULTI POOLTESTER combines all the tests required for accurate water analysis in a compact, handheld, single kit with easy-to-use instructions and handy tips on how to adjust alkalinity and calcium hardness levels. The tests include free, active and total chlorine (0.1 – 3.0 mg/l), pH value (6.8 – 8.2), cyanuric acid, alkalinity-m/carbonate hardness and calcium hardness. Naturally, all the tablet reagents and accessories (two sample containers at 30 ml and 100 ml, a stirring rod and a brush) complete the contents. The Lovibond® MULTI POOLTESTER scores maximum points for accuracy, ensuring every domestic pool and spa is pristine and safe. Lovibond Tintometer 01980 664800 28/09/2016 10:20

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Combined Use Of Technology Lowers Operating Costs According to Heatstar, their environmental control systems can achieve the highest energy efficiency and the lowest operating costs of any similar systems. If true, it’s a compelling argument for every pool

installer and every one of their clients to specify Heatstar for their pool installation. So with that in mind, how exactly do their systems work? The Heatstar Phoenix EC – a hybrid heat recovery ventilation system for indoor swimming pools – residential or non-residential. It incorporates different, highly effective technologies working together to create what can be reasonably claimed to be the optimum environmental control solution for high spec pools. The technologies focus on three main areas: The fans used in the units, optimising heat recovery and an energy efficient dehumidification heat pump. Firstly, Heatstar have, for several years now pioneered the use of ‘Blue EC’ on-demand fan technology with backward curved fans, which are the most energy efficient on the market. These digital fans utilise ‘auto-fan’ technology whereby the speed and power of the air-recirculation fan is managed automatically to enable significant energy savings whenever

there is low demand for dehumidification or air-heating. This provides the lowest operating costs of any such system. Secondly, Heatstar utilise energy efficient dehumidification. The unit’s dehumidification heat pump creates a cold evaporator coil to condense the moisture present in the air to reduce humidity levels. Through this process the heat pump absorbs both latent and sensible energy which is upgraded and recycled back into both the pool room air and pool water. Efficiencies of over 380% are possible through this process. Last but by no means least, Heatstar use cross-flow recuperators to optimise heat recovery. The recuperator passively conducts heat from the exhausted pool room air via a series of adjoining plates directly to the incoming colder fresh air. This process, in combination with the dehumidification heat pump, produces unrivalled levels of heat recovery. This all demonstrates that after 35 years of design and innovation, the company continues to be at the cutting edge of swimming pool climate control systems. Heatstar 01983 521465

LED Lighting That Lasts 50x Longer Than Traditional Bulbs Whether they’re modest and atmospheric or colourful and fun, underwater lighting is an attractive addition to any pool or spa. Now, with LED technology from Spectravision, transforming the ambience of any bathing area is easier than ever and requires drastically less upkeep. According to Golden Coast, the Spectravision Moonlight White LED lasts 50 times longer than a standard PAR56 bulb. Managing Director, Jamie Adams, said: “PAR56 bulbs, much like traditional 60W household lightbulbs, utilise a glowing filament to produce light and, consequently, are less durable than their LED equivalent. While a PAR56 can be expected to reasonably last just 1,000 hours – a lifespan of roughly four months in an average commercial pool – LED lights from Spectravision, by contrast, will last a massive 50,000 hours. That’s a staggering 16 years without ever having to replace a bulb. “The numbers speak for themselves; while Spectravision LED lights cost twice as much to replace, but they offer 50 times the longevity. By upgrading to LED, commercial pools could stand to save £1,755 over five years – and that’s without even taking into account the potential downtime of your pool while maintenance work takes place.” Ultra-flat, Spectravision LED lights fit standard modern light niches, and can be retrofitted to most older pools too. For those wishing to add a splash of colour to their pools, RGB models offer a spectrum of lighting options, allowing users to set 27-28_SPN_Oct_16_News_Eco.indd 27

the perfect tone for any occasion. An optional remote control allows users to turn the lights off and on quickly and easily, or cycle through to their desired setting. Jamie Adams concluded: “Versatile, durable and economic, LED lighting clearly has a bright future in swimming pools. While dramatically lending a luxurious ambience to any pool, their excellent lifespan reduces maintenance costs and downtime.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

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Let There Be Light When one of Grayfox Swimming Pools’ clients approached them to do a refurbishment project on his old and tired looking pool, the brief was simple – more light and more energy efficiency. The pool building was dark and uninviting and the client wanted Grayfox to transform it into a well-designed, bright pool with a contemporary look flooded with light. Steve Jones (Project Designer) and the team at Grayfox’s response was to add a modern glass extension and replace the whole of the old pitched tile roof with an eye catching glass one. The result speaks for itself and this beautiful pool went on to win the 2016 SPATA Gold Award for a Refurbishment Project. The glass specified by Grayfox is no ordinary glass. The sections of the roof comprise self-cleaning, Argon filled, double glazed units set into powder coated aluminium portal frames – light enhancing, contemporary and energy efficient. Still on the subject of energy efficiency, the choice for Grayfox, as with so many award winning pools, was a highly energy efficient Heatstar environmental control unit. The model chosen was the XF EC 3000 Super Plus system. Centred upon a high efficiency ‘Cross Flow’ plate air-to-air heat recuperator, the XF utilises fresh air introduction to provide natural dehumidification and uses the recuperator to maximise heat extraction from the expelled room air. The XF features the latest ‘Blue – EC’ ultra-

efficient intelligent digital invertor fan technology along with ‘Auto Fan’ intelligent air recirculation fan management and is fully compliant with the latest building control regulations for both residential and nonresidential applications. In the commissioning of the unit, Heatstar also worked with Grayfox to adapt the ductwork to have a reversible function so the ventilation ducts could pump air out as well as fresh air in. This countered any possibility of solar gain from the extensive new glazing and ensured that the roof glass remained condensation free at all times. This function is controlled by the Heatstar system utilising a ‘pool air overheat thermostat’ which operates motorised dampers within the ducting to allow this extract system to operate. Grayfox Operations Manager and Architectural Technician Steve Jones stated that he has three main reasons for mainly specifying Heatstar. They are: Economic running costs for the client. Heatstar’s renowned energy efficiency makes a huge difference to the cost of running a pool. As a perfect example, with this award winning pool running, costs have probably been halved even with the addition of a glass roof and extension. Ease of operation of the units – clients really appreciate the well-designed controls which make the units so easy to operate. The appearance and aesthetics of the

unit’s design. The look of the units reflects their quality of construction and their long term durability-form driven by function. Steve Jones added that: “Heatstar and Grayfox share the same values of quality and excellence and the Heatstar team are consummate professionals. They offer solutions not problems. Since the installation this Heatstar XF EC unit has performed perfectly and done everything it was installed to do.” Grayfox have designed and built an exceptional award winning pool with this project but the most important aspect is that the client was delighted with the end result. His brief had been met and exceeded and his comment at the end of the refurbishment was “I am over the moon with the finished job in its entirety”. Grayfox Swimming Pools 01427 788 682 Heatstar 01983 521 465

Natural Swimming Pools Book Gets An Update For those interested in creating natural swimming pools, a new publication entitled ‘A Guide To Building Natural Swimming Pools’ has been released by natural landscape architect and environmental planner Michael Littlewood. The specifically designed book is actually a revised and amended edition of the author’s first edition of ‘Natural Swimming Pools: A Guide For Building’ published some eight years ago. Featuring new content and case studies, the book 27-28_SPN_Oct_16_News_Eco.indd 25

covers all stages of creating natural swimming pools – from understanding the system, management, excavation, lining, walling, plumbing, electrical, planting, structures, and last but not least, the maintenance, to ensure a successful project. Comprehensive information is presented in an easy to understand style with many illustrations showing methods of building. These are supported by the helpful inclusion of detailed scaled drawings, a plant guide with hardiness zones and other useful information.

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Life’s Too Short Not To Own A HotSpring HotSpring World have employed the services of well-known actor Warwick Davis to create a series of promotional videos that are available to view on it’s website. A HotSpring owner for more than ten years, the star of the mockumentary ‘Life’s Too Short’ explains in the series of videos why he loves the brand and touches on customer support and after sales, health and wellbeing benefits, features and running costs plus maintenance. As you would expect

from someone who has spent many hours with comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the content in the videos isn’t 100% serious, however his love for hot tubs and the HotSpring brand is, and the actor is clearly thrilled with the many benefits that ownership has provided to him and his family over the years. HotSpring World 0800 849 8111

Help Customers Protect And Enjoy Their Hot Tub Investment

Introducing The xStream Force Jet Propulsion System Vita Spa are proud to announce a new breed of swim spa with the introduction of their xStream Force Jet Propulsion System, which will be on display at the Hot Tub Living Expo at the NEC in their new VL4 Swim Spa. This new Jet Propulsion System uses proprietary ‘Anti-Turbulence’ technology to boost and smooth out the swim stream for the ultimate swimming / exercise experience. This anti-turbulence technology was creating to stop countercurrents where the water tries to bounce back down the swim stream which causes waves and makes it difficult to stay in the ‘swim lane’. The new technology has been expertly designed to fit into the existing Vita Spa swim spa range, allowing the best-selling models to be equipped with xStream Force without the need to extend the swim spa to accomodate propellers, paddles or other equipment. xStream Force Jet Propulsion has advantages over propeller or paddles when it comes to creating a swim stream. The river jets produce an 80cm wide swim stream which is 50% faster and has variable swim speeds, allowing users to swim / exercise to their own fitness level. Richard Hart, Managing Director of Aqua Warehouse Group, the distributor of Vita Spa in the UK said he was: “Very excited to have this fantastic new system at this time,” and added: “Our largest growth in sales over the last few years is in the swim spa sector where I feel we have gained good market share. I only see the introduction of xStream Force adding to this growth.”

“When I buy a pair of glasses, I want a case to protect them too,” says Jamie Adams, Managing Director of Golden Coast, “and when customers spend £10,000 on a hot tub, the same principle applies. “Smart installers anticipate these concerns by offering protective accessories and fun incidentals, and when customers know you’re looking after them, they’re more likely to keep returning to you for future purchases.” The best ‘go to’ accessories are found in Golden Coast’s comprehensive Essentials catalogue or Outdoor Living range, including discreet protective covers and cleaners that extend a hot tub’s lifespan. The Cover EX by Cover Valet is one of the

fastest-selling cover lifts, and the Cover Cap protects covers themselves against the ageing effects of the elements: keeping everything pristine – even through winter. Catfish vacuum cleaners or the Pool Blaster Spa Vac – designed specifically for hot tubs – are must-haves if customers want to keep their surfaces spotless and their water crystal clear. Other popular accessory lines for tub owners include the Spa Side Umbrella which offers shade and protection, Aqua Trays for relaxation and comfort, and Signature Spa Steps that protect the tub, while allowing customers to enter and exit safely. Golden Coast 01271 378100

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Jacuzzi® Adds Wellness To The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Jacuzzi® partnered with Linford Christie OBE at July’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Jacuzzi® recently showcased a wide range of hot tubs at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – their products providing the perfect addition to any garden. Following on from their award winning stand last year, they’re really proud to again be part of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual flower show. This year’s health and wellness show theme was a perfect fit for Jacuzzi®. As the pioneer of the hydro massage pump, which is celebrating its 60th year this year, the Jacuzzi® brand is synonymous with products that soothe body and mind. To highlight the health benefits that their products deliver, the brand partnered with Olympian and former world champion sprinter Linford Christie

OBE. Linford is a fan of the company’s hot tubs and visitors to the Jacuzzi® stand were in with a chance to win signed merchandise from the legendary gold medalist. Featured on the stand were their J-235™, J-245™, J-315™, J-335™, J-375™ and J-480™ hot tubs – and three of the models could be wet tested. A team of staff which included Martin Winstone was on hand to answer questions and offer advice on the best options for the Show’s visitors and throughout the event, Jacuzzi® ran an exclusive five years 0% interest free credit promotion. Jacuzzi® Spa & Bath Ltd 0113 272 7430

Teamwork Is Key For Superior Spas The staff from Chesterfield based Superior Spas are proud to have successfully completed the Yorkshire Tough Mudder 2016 event recently which was held at Broughton Hall, Skipton. For those unfamiliar with Tough Mudder, it’s a team event which requires competitors to summon every bit of strength and mental grit that they have as they tackle a series over 20 challenging obstacles spread across a countryside course which is in excess of 10 miles. A number of Tough Mudders are held across the UK and rather than seen as a race, each course requires teamwork and determination to complete the course. “We wanted to do something different to bring our team closer together and it has been extremely successful,” said Rob Carlin, Managing Director

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of Superior Spas who are well-known for supplying their own brand of hot tubs along with the Wellis range of products to the UK market. Due to the success of the day, Superior Spas will be participating in the Midlands Tough Mudder 2017. Superior Spas 01246 559071

The SpaFlex Safety Cover For In-ground Spas SpaFlex is an automatic and insulating cover for integrated (in-ground) spas and swim spas. Operated via a key switch, the cover opens and closes a spa automatically in less than 20 seconds, offering comfort, insulation and safety. Once perfectly closed, the cover’s reinforced fabric with PE foam offers high insulation values – there’s no evaporation, the spa stays clean and safety is guaranteed. The SpaFlex is installed in a space at the back of the spa. In order to blend in with its environment, finishing can be in stone, tiles, wood and more and this flexibility ensures seemless integration with any in-ground spa or swim spa. The SpaFlex operates with a simple hydraulic mechanism which drives a winding shaft. The cover runs on two tracks which provide a smooth action and minimal maintenance. Its SpaFlex cover features a reinforced membrane welded to an isothermal material, which limits the loss of heat and preserves the aesthetics of the installation. Technics & Applications + 32 1423 7495 28/09/2016 10:19

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No Let Up For A Busy Industry

With another summer season now behind us, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes looks at a number of items the industry’s associations have been working on and highlights some key future events


nother year is flying by, and I hope that you have had a good summer business-wise. The events in Rio for the Olympics and Paralympics have certainly left a fantastic feel-good factor for swimming and other water-related activities. The green diving pool lead to a lot of social media interest, and I know that PWTAG were very busy dealing with media enquiries! This year so far has seen the completion of a European standard for Mini Pools (EN 16927 (with the work being coordinated by CEN TC 402 WG3). This standard is for the smaller ‘splasher’ pools that are bigger than the existing standard for toys (EN 71 states a water depth of 400mm or less) and pools which are not covered by the domestic pool standard (EN 16582). The European standard (EN 16927) is expected to be available to purchase early in the New Year, and subject to demand, it is possible to add it to the list of standards available to SPATA members as part of their BSOL package. BISHTA continues to be actively involved in creating the European standard for Domestic Spas and Hot Tubs (CEN TC 402 WG4) and this group has recently held a series of monthly online meetings to progress the standards. A small working group has recently met to discuss Energy Efficiency, and this group will be reporting back to the next face to face meeting being held in Berlin this November. The autumn also sees the annual conferences for BISHTA and SPATA and again this year they are being held separately, to maximise the content for the members of each of the trade associations. BISHTA’s conference is on Tuesday 4 October and SPATA’s is on Thursday 13 October. A number of topics will be covered at each conference to help members, with SPATA offering updates on British (and European) Standards Online (BSOL), advice from ACAS to support your business and there will also be updates on the revisions to SPATA Standards. These topics help keep members up to date with industry standards and expectations from the wider business world. 35_SPN_Oct_16_BSPF_CH.indd 33

For BISHTA’s annual conference, there will be a much-awaited presentation from Hampshire Trading Standards on the essential elements of the Consumer Rights Act, and this will be very useful to consolidate members’ understanding of their duties under this Act. There will also be updates on workforce qualifications, the continuing expansion into the holiday lodge market and it is expected that BISHTA will be updating members on the revision of the Management of Spa Pools publication. Some of these hot tub-related topics are included on page 36 of this issue. Members will also want to be aware that the BSPF AGM is due to be held on Tuesday 29 November and feedback on the BSPF will be sought at both the BISHTA and SPATA annual conferences. Please note that although there had been a previous suggestion that the BSPF were considering not appointing a BSPF President after SPATEX 2018, this draft idea has now been superseded. The current proposal agreed to be put forward to members is to retain the post of BSPF President and to make the appointments up to two years each. Alex Kemsley is the current President, and he will hand over to Will Dando at SPATEX 2018. A new vice president is to be sought at the AGM in 2018. Onto other matters and the excitement is building as we wait to learn who will be the winners of the European Pool and Spa Awards for 2016. The shortlisted UK companies are keeping their fingers crossed that they will be amongst the award recipients, and the awards presentation event is being held at Piscine Forum, in Bologna, Italy in February 2017. To be nominated for these European awards, companies based in the British Isles must first enter the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards (hosted by BISHTA and SPATA). This year, the deadline for entries is Friday 11 November and entries are submitted online. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to provide your company with the chance to win an award and thereby you can help the industry promote itself to a commercial and domestic audience.

Tickets for the industry gala dinner, featuring the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards and the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards are available from the BSPF office, priced at just £69.95 + VAT per person. The autumn also brings with it the opportunity to visit some established shows at home and abroad, such as LIW, Interbad and Piscine Global. These provide networking opportunities and a chance to see the latest products – valuable reasons to keep an eye on these shows – and you can be sure that exhibitors will have the latest updates from these shows for visitors to SPATEX 2017. Finally, SPATA will be holding some seminars at various locations in November and December to update members regarding the changes to SPATA Standards for those that cannot make the SPATA annual conference. Please contact the office if you need more information, but the plan is to hold events in Essex (Thursday 8 November), London (Tuesday 6 December) and Yorkshire (Thursday 8 December), so hopefully there will be an event reasonably near you if you could not make the annual conference. DIARY DATES 2016-17 4 October

BISHTA Annual Conference (& AGM) Andover 6 – 7 October EUSA Meeting Athens 8 October Past President’s Meal Chester 13 October SPATA Annual Conference (& AGM) Andover 19 – 20 October Electrical Awareness Workshop Andover 2 – 3 November Electrical Awareness Workshop Doncaster 8 November SPATA Technical Committee WebEx

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Workforce Qualifications

This issue, we highlight a range of topics, courses and qualifications relating to hot tubs – a number of which will be explored in more detail at the BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association) annual conference on Tuesday 4 October, in Andover


here are a number of courses and qualifications available for the hot tub industry to train their staff, thanks to BISHTA. The courses include: Hot Tub Site Surveyor, an Electrical Awareness Workshop, Water Hygiene Management, Dangerous Goods and work is underway to bring you a Certified Hot Tub Technician course, in partnership with APSP.

HOT TUB SITE SURVEYOR The ‘Hot Tub Site Surveyor’ qualification will provide recognition of customer care, Health & Safety information, and also the importance of undertaking a site survey as an integral part of the process of selling hot tubs. Following a couple of successful pilot courses, plans are currently underway to provide opportunities for more of these courses in late autumn and early spring.

The course is a combination of face to face work, undertaking site surveys and an online element, including a knowledge test. BISHTA is very grateful to the STA for their support in developing the course and especially to Richard Lamburn, who was instrumental in helping to get the modules ready. BISHTA would like to wish Richard every success in his new role with the ASA and looks forward to continuing its relationship with the STA on this course.

ELECTRICAL AWARENESS WORKSHOP Knowing that many members already either employ (or subcontract) qualified electricians to install their hot tubs, or liaise with their customers to ensure that they provide a qualified person to provide the electrical supply to the hot tub, there have been very few incidents involving problems with electrical installations of hot tubs. However, when BISHTA became aware of an incident, it began discussions with NICEIC to provide a suitable course that could give awareness and insight for the staff making the final connection to a hot tub (that had already been provided with an electrical supply). Following a huge amount of effort by NICEIC and BISHTA a pilot course was successfully run this summer, and the result is courses being run this autumn and others will be arranged for spring 2017. The course is open to BISHTA members in the first instance, and several companies have chosen to join BISHTA, as a result, to benefit from the relevant knowledge passed on at this course.

COMMON WATER HYGIENE MANAGEMENT TRAINING SYLLABUS BISHTA has always insisted that companies joining BISHTA should receive suitable water treatment advice and in order to respond to changes in the knowledge required,

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BISHTA’s Technical Committee has been revising and updating the syllabus to ensure that water hygiene management courses meet the current expectations. With a total of six tutors trained so far, expect a range of options to be available to you from next year onwards. The syllabus involves the following topics: • Types of Spas and Hot Tubs (including exercise/swim spas and settings – domestic/business/commercial) • Why does water need to be treated and filtered? • What can grow and how to kill it • Products for water treatment • Sanitisers • pH and Water Balance • Risk Assessments • Record keeping • What happens when it all goes wrong? • Practical water testing • Written test paper and certification • Troubleshooting tips • Health & Safety advice, including the storage, safe handling and use of chemicals • Insurance. This one day course involves the morning devoted to the relevant theory of water hygiene management and the afternoon dealing with practical water testing and a written test.

CERTIFIED HOT TUB TECHNICIAN (CHTT) As an additional training opportunity, BISHTA is currently working with colleagues from the APSP to develop courses in the UK, based on the CHTT syllabus. Work is ongoing regarding ensuring the course is made specific to the UK audience, and this includes being able to cross reference not only the American standards but also BISHTA Standards and other relevant guidance in the British Isles. It is hoped to have an update on course availability very soon. BISHTA 01264 356211 28/09/2016 10:18

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Dipping Into Water Regulations

WRAS Technical Adviser, Dr Steve Tuckwell, provides a valuable update on swimming pools, spa baths and the Water Fittings Regulations


ike many industries, there are numerous regulations and requirements that the swimming pool and hot tub industry need to follow to be legally compliant, and this article looks at a number of elements that you should be aware of which are applicable from one particular part of water legislation.

THE LAW All water fittings and appliances connected to a plumbing system which receives water from the public supply come under the scope of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Byelaws in Scotland (collectively referred to as the regulations). These prevent contamination of drinking water supplies and promote efficient use of them. It is the installer’s legal duty to ensure the plumbing installation complies with the regulations, and users have an obligation to use and maintain plumbing installations and fittings correctly and not alter them illegally. Swimming pools and spa baths have particular risks of backflow and waste of water arising from arrangements for filling

and topping up the pool water and cleaning the pool or bath.

BACKFLOW PREVENTION ARRANGEMENTS Using an air gap to prevent backflow: Pool and spa bath water is in the highest backflow risk category (fluid category 5) and backflow prevention arrangements rated for fluid category 5 must be used for filling and topping up, for supplying water treatment units and for filter backwashing. These require a physical break in the supply, usually using a cistern with an air gap. There are different types of air gaps some, which are rated lower than fluid category 5, so it is important to select the right one. One possible arrangement is shown in Figure 1. Where space is limited a type DC pipe interrupter, which incorporates the fluid category 5 protection, can be used as an alternative to storage cisterns with an air gap. These devices have specific installation requirements. They must be a minimum 300 mm height above the spillover level with no outlet control installed downstream of the device as shown in Figure 2.

BACKFLOW If the water pressure in the pipes drops, backflow can occur through a hose outlet left submerged in the pool, with the tap not completely closed (whilst in use, by accident or because it’s faulty). Pool water, and any microorganisms or other contaminants it contains, can be drawn back into the drinking water system.

Use of hose pipe with a hose union tap: Under certain conditions designed to minimise backflow risk, a hose pipe attached to a hose union tap which is fed directly from the mains system may be permitted to fill or top-up a pool or spa. If the water company is satisfied that the conditions will always be met, with the supplier’s consent the following fluid categories and appropriate backflow devices can apply for specific applications and locations in the table. Check with your water company before making installations. The conditions are: • that an air gap is maintained at all times between the outlet of any attached hose and pool water, and the hose is not immersed or submerged in pool water; and • that any hose attached is fitted with a selfclosing trigger outlet.

NOTIFICATION The regulations require that water companies are notified and give their consent before work starts for (i) construction of a new swimming pool of more than 10,000 litres capacity (ii) a water treatment unit producing a discharge or using water for regeneration (for example, the pool filtration unit) and (iii) a pump or booster capable of drawing more than 12 l/min. In addition to the above, those working in non-household premises who are planning to extend or alter the water systems, are

Retailers – Know Your Rights F Chairman of SPATA’s Technical Committee, Peter Lang answers the question: “As a retailer, what warranties can I expect to receive from another business?”


ost companies who retail products from their premises are well aware of the protection that their customers have under the Consumer Rights Act, as well as other relevant legislation. However, it may come as a surprise to some business owners that the relationship they have with their wholesaler and/or manufacturer is very different. Before entering into a business to business

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(B2B) contract, it is essential that the retailer checks with their supplier what exactly is (and is not) covered when the contract is agreed. The reason is that, in particular, the guarantee they get on the product they are buying can often be one year. So what is the problem if the guarantee is for one year? Retailers with the space for storage and the cash flow have been known to negotiate discounted deals to ‘bulk buy’.

This arrangement is fine if the product in question is a quick mover, but not if it stays ‘on the shelf’ for longer than one year, as there will be no valid warranty to pass onto the retailer’s customer. Companies have found themselves in a predicament when there is a problem with a product and because of the guarantee period placed upon them by the wholesaler who may choose to assist with a product out 28/09/2016 10:17


POOL & SPA INDUSTRY Fluid category for backflow prevention device if conditions are met Application Swimming pool Location

Floatation tank/spa bath

Whirlpool bath

Suitable backflow prevention devices

Private* Domestic dwelling




Double check valve (type EC or ED device)

Non-domestic dwelling




Type DB pipe interrupter, Type BA (reduced pressure zone (RPZ) valve) or a cistern (break tank) with a type AF air gap.

NOTE: *A bath, pool or floatation tank in a private domestic dwelling which is used by the occupants of a single privately owned or rented property for their and their friends’ personal use. Where a bath, pool or floatation tank is used by the occupants of more than one property, the local water supplier will need to carry out a risk assessment to determine the level of risk. ** Applies to whirlpool baths designed for use by one or two bathers, which are emptied between uses.

also subject to advanced notification – unless they are a member of an Approved Contractors’ Scheme (see www.WaterSafe. WaterSafe members will not need to provide advanced notice for extensions or alterations as they will be issuing compliance certification for their work. Details are available in a WRAS leaflet entitled ‘Information on Notification of Proposed Plumbing Work’, freely available on the WRAS website (, click on Consumer, Resources).

PIPE MARKING The regulations require clear identification of pipes where they are carrying any water

which is not wholesome, such as pool recycle water or filter backwash water. There is only one recognised colour-coding scheme which is set out in British Standard BS 1710:2014 ‘Specification for identification of pipelines and services’. This standard should be used, and where deviations are considered necessary, these should be agreed with the local water company in advance.

WASTE OF WATER The regulations require all water fittings to be constructed, installed and used in a manner which will ensure water is not wasted such as through leaks. This applies equally to the construction of pools and

Figure 1: Filling and top-up arrangement giving fluid category 5 backflow protection

spas as well as to the water systems and processes connected to them. There is no specific regulation or guidance which provides allowable leakage. The guiding principle is to ensure all water systems and receiving vessels are watertight. During maintenance or repair which requires draining or partial emptying of the pool, diverting the water to temporary storage tanks and refilling with it on completion of the repair can save water and, in heated pools, also saving energy. Water Regulations Advisory Scheme 0333 207 9030

Figure 2: Use of a type DC pipe interrupter provides an alternative to a storage cistern

ts For B2B Product Guarantees of warranty, or they may simply apply the terms and conditions in their B2B contract. This situation has happened and could have been avoided if the contract terms were provided in writing before purchase. If the terms are unacceptable, then they should be questioned and ideally modified before the sale goes through. It is worth making it very clear that the presence, or absence, of a warranty, has no impact on the consumer’s rights and that any warranty passed onto the customer can only ever be in addition to those rights, not instead. Customers should not be misled 38-39_SPN_Oct_16_WRAS_&_Lang.indd 37

in any way into thinking that because the warranty has expired their consumer rights have also expired. In plain language, if you have a one year guarantee from your supplier and then sell that article after it has been on the shelf for over one year, then if it fails within the Statutory period then you will potentially be left to deal with the matter and not your trade supplier. Remember that a business cannot impose its conditions on a retailer, without the agreement by the retailer, before making the contract. If you do not agree

with the terms or want a longer guarantee period, this must be stated before the B2B sale has been completed. If that agreement is not forthcoming, you can either choose to change your B2B arrangements or only buy that quantity of product that you know will sell within a reasonable timescale. Peter Lang is an independent consultant and SPATA’s Technical Adviser. He is a SPATA Inspector and Chairman of SPATA’s Technical Committee.

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SPATEX 2017 – The Next BIG Thing! With just under five months to go before the curtain rises at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, the SPATEX team is putting the wheels in motion for the biggest and best Show ever. After all, it’s not every day you turn 21, so here’s why Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February are industry red letter days


is for special edition. Turning 21 is a milestone to celebrate, so SPATEX is pulling out all the stops to make this a very special industry event. The show is building on 2016’s success where it saw an amazing 28% increase in visitor numbers and the team are aiming to better it. Organiser Michele Bridle said: “Exhibitor stand space has been selling like hot cakes. At the time of going to press, over 80 exhibitors have signed up so we are on target for an early sell out! SPATEX is now firmly established as the UK event of the year. We are not disclosing our plans just yet but rest assured you can expect all of SPATEX’s much-loved, familiar ingredients, coupled with some exciting new celebratory twists!” Michele added: “SPATEX 2017 is a new departure for us as it will be a weekday Exhibition (Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February), which is in keeping with all the other European exhibitions.”


is for party and networking. No celebration would be complete without a party and the SPATEX team is planning a networking spectacular. Last year’s free-to-attend Mexican themed networking party, with sombreros, moustaches, Mexican beer and tequila was widely declared an ‘excellent do’ and set the bar high! Not satisfied with that – next year SPATEX aims to go one better! Details for the SPATEX party on the evening of Wednesday 1 February will follow shortly. The Coventry based show will once again be the occasion for the much-anticipated British Pool & Hot Tub Awards gala dinner hosted by BISHTA and SPATA (call 01264 356210/1 to

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book tickets) on the Tuesday evening. With networking events, and of course the Ricoh Arena’s G casino (the UK’s largest), there is plenty to justify a night away – visit the SPATEX website for some excellent accommodation deals in the vicinity.


is for associations and experts and SPATEX has more than you can shake a stick at! The show is the meeting ground for all the industry’s most esteemed bodies from PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group), ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers), SPATA (Swimming Pool & Allied Trades Association), BISHTA (British & Irish Spa & Hot Tub Association) to STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association)… to name but a few. Awash with experts, SPATEX is the best place to go if you want impartial advice and have a query on a project.


is for training and seminars. SPATEX is far more than just a showcase for products. Integral to SPATEX are the ISPE workshops which have over the years imparted an enormous amount of knowledge and provided free education and training that has come to be recognised throughout the industry as being an invaluable resource. For 2017, the ISPE will once again be presenting a whole raft of new technical workshops. With in excess of 20 different sessions running throughout the three days of the Show, a wide variety of topics will be covered such as the legal requirement for microbiological testing; LED technology and the latest on commercial spa operation. All attendees of the workshops receive a certificate of attendance and valuable CPD points.

In addition to the ISPE workshops, SPATEX will once again be offering a parallel programme of seminars on topics such as the most successful ways of marketing your company, the latest health and safety legislation and the stand-out product innovations for 2017. Visit the new SPATEX website for the full programme of workshops and seminars.


is for SPATEX’s much-valued exhibitors and with well over a hundred forecast, it is going to be a sparkling line-up! All sectors are represented, covering both the commercial and domestic markets. SPATEX attracts the big name manufacturers and suppliers and the smaller, less well-known companies and brands too. Making their exhibiting debut at the Ricoh Arena in 2017 are – All Seas Spas, Darlly, Eco Finish, Gaffey, Inbeca, Intopool and Villeroy & Boch – with new names being added on a weekly basis.


is for X factor and SPATEX has it in abundance as the 2016 Show proved. It’s an exciting mix of anticipation, seeing what the competition is up to, catching up with old friends and making new contacts. For many years, SPATEX has been widely regarded throughout the industry as the event that kick starts the UK pool season ahead – it’s the New Year curtain raiser. Miss SPATEX and you and your company misses out on all that is new and happening in the industry plus a helluva lot of fun too! SPATEX 01264 358558 28/09/2016 10:17

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Pool Users Guide To Safe Water Conditions With the swim schools now utilising a variety of pool environments for lessons, Robbie Phillips, STA’s Lead Pool Plant Expert looks at ‘plugging the skills gap’ in the sector and ensuring all pools are safe for their users


n the UK, the private swim school market has seen unprecedented growth over the last 5 – 10 years. At the same time we’ve also witnessed declining numbers of accessible swimming pools which has led to swim schools vying for pool time to cope with business demand. Every inch of spare pool space is being hired, from school pools and hydro pools to caravan parks and even domestic pools. It’s also led to swim schools building their own pools – something we will see more of in the future. While this is good news, in that it shows there is a healthy demand for swimming lessons, hiring water space (outside of the ‘traditional’ leisure centre and health club where you would ‘expect’ a management team to be on site at all times) can also be fraught with problems from a pool management perspective. We hear so many cases of swim schools turning up at a pool for example at 9am on a Saturday morning and not knowing if the caretaker has properly tested / treated the water, and there is nobody on site to ask. The reality is that this leaves the teacher in a vulnerable position where he / she has to take on the responsibility of checking to make sure the pool is safe for bathers. But do they have sufficient knowledge / training to do this? For the majority, the answer is no. As the UK’s leading provider of pool and spa plant management training, we have been

working proactively to seek a solution to this real issue – plug the skills gap so to speak. While in an ideal world, we’d expect those with a ‘responsibility’ to hold a pool plant qualification, this is not always practical for front line staff. (I say ‘responsibility’ but this is also a grey area – who is responsible, the pool owner, yes – but it’s also the swim school’s responsibility to make sure their customers are safe so it’s a very debatable subject.) The 1/2 day CPD will act as an introduction to pool plant. It is also possible to do the CPD in the morning followed by the STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Pool Water Testing in the afternoon. Giving the client some practical knowledge into pool water testing. This does not replace the essential requirement for a competent Level 3 Pool Plant Operator to be in overall control of any pool facility at all times, but it will educate front-line staff in the basics of pool plant operations. The course will teach candidates: • How to identify and take appropriate actions where potential risks are detected • How to provide recognised risk controls in relation to the risks • How to comply with current recommendations and legislation. Content (theory and practical) will include the basics on what is expected in a wellmanaged and hygienically safe pool. Subjects include basic water circulation, water

chemistry, filtration, pool temperatures, routine checks, water testing, understanding the basics of the Traffic Light Safety System and keeping records and having Pool Safe Operating Procedures (PSOP) in place. Importantly it will inform those on the front line about how to recognise risk and what to do. For all these reasons, we believe this CPD would also be highly beneficial to health club and leisure centre staff (and especially given the budget cuts we’ve witnessed of late and fears over BREXIT). For front line leisure staff to be able to identify potential risks immediately and act upon them is in the best safety interests of the public – and it helps to protect the pool itself. After all, every user of a swimming pool has the right to expect that they can enter the pool and enjoy themselves in conditions that are comfortable and free from hazards. We believe this Pool Users Guide to Safe Water Conditions CPD is a practical and commercially viable solution to the current needs of the market. It arms all those involved in and around a swimming pool with the basic knowledge needed to be able to recognise and deal with potential safety hazards. STA is working to launch the CPD in January 2017. STA 01922 645097

We hear so many cases of swim schools turning up at a pool for example at 9am on a Saturday morning and not knowing if the caretaker has properly tested / treated the water, and there is nobody on site to ask. The reality is that this leaves the teacher in a vulnerable position …” 43_SPN_Oct_16_STA_Rev.indd 41

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FAIRLOCKS 10th ANNIVERSARY Fairlocks have enjoyed a great relationship with Covrex® Pool Protection and are the Belgium manufacturer’s largest Covrex® distributor worldwide

Celebrating10 Years.pdf





10 Years 2006–2 0 1 6

Celebrating 10 Years Of Success

Now established as trusted supplier within the UK pool industry, this issue we take a look at Oxfordshire based Fairlocks Pool Products, a company which has gone from strength-to-strength over the last decade


airlocks is a name well-known within the pool trade thanks to the success of the long established Fairlocks yellow vac head – a product which has been manufactured for many years – but on 19 September 2006, a new company which featured the Fairlocks name was formed and since then, there’s been no looking back. With extensive backgrounds in customer service, sales and the swimming pool industry, Paul Webb and Julian Hunnable founded Fairlocks Pool Products Ltd with Back in 2007, Fairlocks started to offer the UK’s first pool inverter heat pump range for the domestic market

Paul Webb with the company’s first offering of Profile Pools at SPATEX 2007

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the intention of delivering great products combined with the best possible customer experience to the UK pool trade. The company started out selling one-piece fully tiled fibreglass swimming pools and spas made in Dubai and sold in the UK under the Profile Pools brand. After reasonable success, the profile pools brand continued, but early in 2007 Fairlocks found themselves involved in the slatted cover market, which were already commonplace on UK pools, but Julian saw the potential for business growth by always striving to achieve the best and highest standards of customer service in the market. This strategy worked, and the range of products was expanded further in 2007 with the UK’s first pool inverter heat pump range available for the domestic market. Using a Heatinverter heat pump can be up to six times more energy efficient than other conventional types of heaters, which use either electricity, gas or oil for their fuel. This, for Fairlocks, was all they needed. The constant strive to find efficient, exciting and innovative swimming pool products meant the company had no choice but to take on 28/09/2016 10:07

FAIRLOCKS 10th ANNIVERSARY the pumps. In 2008, after a lot of success with the products that were available from Fairlocks, Paul and Julian offered a complete turnkey package and decided to employ their own installation engineers. It was then that Ken Morris joined the team, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. Ken’s employment meant the level of service and support was taken to a much higher level as all work could be planned and managed in house. Ken now oversees all installation work and in almost all cases, the company undertakes the complete package on behalf of most pool companies. A significant turning point for the business was in January 2010 when Fairlocks formulated their successful relationship with Belgium’s Covrex® Pool Protection and started supplying their unique range of foam filled insulated slatted pool covers. It’s a relationship which has blossomed over the last six years and Fairlocks have grown to become the largest Covrex® distributor worldwide. Covrex® pool covers are the ideal solution for level deck or infinity edge pools since their design allows them to roll out perfectly straight every time, without the need for guides which can easily get jammed in the pit. The swimming pool covers on offer make them very hard to turn down, especially for a trade customer working on multiple pools at any one time. They offer a standard five-year guarantee and also offers huge advantages over traditional PVC slatted covers in terms of insulation properties. In 2012, Fairlocks expanded further with the inclusion of the Flolux range of stainless steel push fit wall fittings. Flolux fittings are suitable for concrete pools, spas and other submerged areas; sit flush to pool and spa walls and floors; are designed for easy installation; and can be interchanged with existing PVC fittings. Another product added to the range to increase the number of products customers could buy from Fairlocks, through one service, on one account. Towards the end of the year, Carrie Woodward joined Fairlocks and now looks after all invoicing, credit control and oversees the day-to-day smooth running of the Oxford office. 2013 and 2014 saw a vast range of technology and innovation within the swimming pool products range at Fairlocks with the initiation of the Nemo cordless underwater drill – a product which solves so many engineering headaches when it comes to maintenance on a filled swimming pool. The award-winning drill works to depths up to 50m and operates at the same capacity as the traditional dry-land version. The Nemo range offered Fairlocks the opportunity to drive business to wider markets, while maintaining their key objective – to offer the best possible 46-47_SPN_Oct_2016_Fairlocks_Rev3.indd 43

products and services for their customers. With advanced technology and innovation high on the list of priorities for the products that the company supplies, Fairlocks teamed up with Water-Tec to offer significantly higher standard swimming Fairlocks’ Waterpool lighting that Tec Lighting was developed to be controlled remotely via a mobile or tablet. The pushfit range came in a variety of colours and met the demands of existing customers but also opened up new doors to customers who were interested in the new technology. The Mega Pool Saver variable speed controller for filtration pumps was also added to the Fairlocks Pool Products range, diversifying it further, but still offering exceptional benefits to customers. In 2015, Fairlocks invested in a new website to provide their customers with a ‘one stop shop’ for browsing the product range and learning more about the manufacturers. The new website also offers an aftercare service, providing customers with data sheet downloads and PDFs to ensure all information is conveyed to the customer. Fairlocks recognised that their customers needed a clear, easy to use, simple but effective website to browse and contact where appropriate. News and social media also gained momentum with regular content updates made about the industry and relevant material. One of the driving forces behind the exceptional customer service is Paul Webb. Paul is focused and strives for the best in the industry. He understands the challenges

of the market and pushes forward with innovation and product development to create a well-structured, exceptionally organised and diverse range of products to the swimming pool trade that is difficult to say no to. He is incredibly well known in the industry and once you meet him, he makes it his business to ensure you are satisfied with the service, products and delivery from the company. A combination of a great team, excellent products and exceptional manufacturers has made the business what it is. Add to that regular coverage in the trade press, annual attendance of the SPATEX trade show with an impressive stand plus numerous word of mouth recommendations, and it’s easy to see why after a decade the company is such as success and so well known across the industry. “I ordered some Covrex® covers for a couple of swimming pools that were being developed. I didn’t believe they were so efficient to install and Paul and his team made every effort to ensure the installation process ran smoothly and didn’t hold up any part of the build,” said one happy pool contractor from Oxford, comments which are typical of the feedback that Fairlocks receives. So what do the next ten years hold for the company? Well if the past decade is anything to go by, the trade should expect many more innovative products, all backed up by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff. “The team at Fairlocks would like to thank all customers for their loyalty and custom over the past ten years, and long may it continue. The team are always listening to our customers, and are working to make the swimming pool industry as good as it can possibly be,” said Paul Webb. Fairlocks Pool Products Ltd 01865 988346

Covrex CEO Guillaume de Troostembergh (left) with the Fairlocks team to mark the launch of Covrex in the UK at SPATEX 2010

In 2015, the Nemo drill won International Innovation Award at the Seawork International Expo in Southampton

Paul Webb discusses the latest product offering at SPATEX 2016

The current Fairlocks Pool Products team

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Filtered Solutions For Pools And Spas Some of the most important products that lie at the heart of any efficient water cleansing system are those which are associated with filtration. And thanks to a number of recent innovations – which have lead to improved performance and a reduction in water use – filters and filter media are now the first place to start looking when it comes to combining effective water management and making significant cost savings. This issue, we take a closer look at the range of available filtration products that are on offer in this developing sector By Jon Wadeson


hen it comes to the filtration of water for swimming pools and spas, there really is a wide range of options available for an equally wide range of operating environments. Hidden away and previously seen as somewhat low tech when compared to other more glamorous products, the filtration sector has seen a number of new innovations recently and technology is playing it’s part in and providing new and improved solutions for what is without doubt, a critical part of any pool and spa setup. With improved performance comes the reduction of water use and in turn operating costs, so the advances in the sector are welcomed by all. With plenty of options already available, combined with an ever-widening range of emerging technologies and products, it can often be hard to stay on top of what’s on offer, so this issue we highlight just some of the filtration options.

sophisticated network of nanofibers exclusive to the product. This material enables particles as small as 5 to 8 microns to be filtered and prevents dirt from building up in the device. As a result, there is a significant improvement in the quality of water once it has been filtered. Maintenance is another of the device’s great advantages. The self-cleaning system on top of the main body features a lever which, when turned, aligns the filter in front of the tangential shower that is built into the unit, thus ensuring that the filter is properly cleaned. Moreover, this shower has been especially designed to spray the water used in backwashing evenly so that the whole surface of the filter is thoroughly cleaned. Finally,

ASTRALPOOL’S SELFCLEANING NANOFIBER PROVIDES FILTRATION EFFICIENCY AstralPool has added to its range of filtration systems for residential pools following the launch of its NanoFiber filter. The new selfcleaning device developed by the brand belonging to the Fluidra group has nanofiber technology and an operating system exclusive to the company, all of which ensures top quality filtered water in pools of up to 90 m3. With the aim of delivering a degree of filtration never seen before in the residential pool sector, AstralPool’s R&D team designed a 45-48_SPN_Oct_2016_Filtration.indd 45

AstralPool has added to its range of filtration systems for residential pools following the launch of its NanoFiber filter

once the device has been backwashed, its initial settings, flow rate and pressure are restored. Physico-chemical tests were conducted by an external laboratory (Porometer NV) to analyses the effectiveness of NanoFiber’s filtration system. Following comparisons with other systems in the same category, the experts who conducted the tests stated that AstralPool’s mechanism filtered more evenly and thoroughly than all other models, which prevents limescale.

CERTIKIN’S OC-1 FILTER MEDIA REDUCES RUNNING COSTS Unlike traditional methods of filtration that use entrapment, Certikin’s OC-1 works through settlement. The new British manufactured filtration media has some exceptional benefits – by replacing commonly used media (such as sand and glass) with OC-1, it is possible to reduce the head loss in the filtration system; filter with a constant flow (regardless of debris entrapment) and, most remarkably, significantly reduce running energy costs whilst still filtering to the equivalent standard. Some of OC-1’s outstanding key benefits include: • Reduces energy consumption – OC-1 maintains constant flow rates, even when the media becomes dirty. No downtime is required for heating/salt chlorinators/heat pumps going out on low flow. The constant flow means pumps can be run at lower speeds, thus saving energy. • Huge capacity for debris collection – OC-1 offers over 20 times the capacity of sand or glass. • Reduced requirement for backwashing and a more efficient backwash – reduces water consumption, chemical usage and heating. There is no need to backwash on start up with new installations. • Lightweight – Can even be shipped

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FILTRATION inside a filter, easy to handle and super quick and easy to install. • Less maintenance – lasts longer than sand, reduces pressure in the system, extending the life of equipment. • Payback typically 6-12 months.

Unlike traditional methods of filtration that use entrapment, Certikin’s OC-1 works through settlement

For the best savings OC-1 should be used with an Inverter. On an existing system, replacing sand or glass because of the free space of OC-1 you are reducing the head loss in the system allowing you to turn the speed of the pumps down to maintain the exact same turnover and velocity as before. This saving is usually in the region of 20% reduction in the speed of the pump that results in over 40% saving in electrical consumption.

MAGNUM CARTRIDGE FILTERS BENEFIT BOTH SPAS AND POOLS Pleated cartridges have been the filter of choice for spa pools for many years and New Zealand based Magnum Filters has been manufacturing them since 1982. Peter Hogg, owner of Spaeuro which supplies the UK and European market with Magnum cartridge filters said: “Over the years I have heard many arguments for and against using cartridge filters for swimming pool filtration and which is the best filtering media to use in a cartridge. “Recently cartridge filtration for swimming pools has become more and more common especially in the USA and Australia. One of the main reasons is water conservation. A standard Magnum Filter cartridge, which uses Reemay fabric for its filtering media, has a nominal micron rating is around 30 microns

Cartridges cannot be backwashed and have to be cleaned with a hose which takes far less water than the normal backwash.” A standard Magnum Filter cartridge, which uses Reemay fabric for its filtering media, has a nominal micron rating around 30 microns. However after the cartridge has collected dirt and debris, a dirt cake forms on the outside of the fabric. This dirt cake can then become a further filtering mechanism which results in finer filtration. It is conceivable that the micron rating can go down to as low as 3-5 microns. With the added advantage of having a large surface area you end up with a very efficient filter unit which maintains adequate flow that requires very little maintenance. However, there is an optimum surface area on any given size of cartridge where filtration is at its most efficient and it’s worth noting that some cartridge manufacturers push the boundaries and in doing so, have to add too many pleats, resulting in them being crammed together, so much so that the dirt and debris will not travel down the full depth of the pleat. This means that only a very small portion of the cartridge is filtering and premature blockage is inevitable. Something that’s never the case with Magnum’s products.

A RANGE OF FILTERS THAT CAN LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS Golden Coast offers a range filters for commercial and domestic applications which can save owners time, money and water. One such product, Waterco’s range of Micron Bobbin Filters, delivers

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superior water filtration. Featuring a unique fishtail lateral configuration, the ingenious design eliminates the ineffective ‘dead areas’ commonly associated with traditional stardesign filters. That’s not all – this highly efficient design requires as much as 30% less water to backwash. Furthermore, a dual function drain/large sand dump port allows for easy winterisation and sand changes, while a large clear access lid ensures quick and easy servicing and inspections. Supplied complete with a side mount multiport and gauge, micron bobbins are available in 500, 600, 700, 750 and 900mm tank sizes with all tanks 700mm and upwards supplied with a 2” valve. Golden Coast offers a extensive range of filters from other leading manufacturers, including Darlly’s filters for spas. As the UK’s largest independent supplier of wet leisure products to the trade, Golden Coast are well aware that inferior filter cartridges are a major source of problems. Not only do they fail to give users the water quality and clarity that is so essential to the pool and spa experience but they are a false economy. A poor filter cartridge becomes clogged more quickly, needs more frequent cleaning and replacement, and risks damaging the circulation pump by restricting flow. Golden Coast’s Managing Director Jamie Adams says: “Whether you’re specifying for a pool, a spa, or a hot tub – residential or commercial – Golden Coast has the right filter for you, your business and your customer.”

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Hidden away and previously seen as somewhat low tech when compared to other more glamorous products, the filtration sector has seen a number of new innovations recently” MultiCyclone Plus combines centrifugal and cartridge filtration into one streamline housing, creating an ultra compact filtration system

over recent years is Waterco’s MultiCyclone range. MultiCyclones are a series of products that are capable of saving water and reducing filter maintenance and work on the basis of centrifugal water filtration. The MultiCyclone Filter and MultiCyclone Pro models have no moving parts to wear and tear and no filter media to clean or replace. Incoming water is guided by a diverter plate so that it enters multiple hydro cyclones tangentially, generating a strong centrifugal

effect. This spins the sediment out to the hydro cyclone’s wall and then spirals it down to the sediment sump, while the cleansed water spirals upwards. The MultiCyclones are ideal as a prefilter to extend the life of an existing filter. It will filter out up to 80% of the incoming sediment from a swimming pool. The unit works together with a variety of filter types to polish the water. It allows the installation of finer filtration systems, such as cartridge filters with finer cartridges and the sand filters with finer filter media. Finer filtration systems can be installed without the burden of extra maintenance. The pool water ends up clearer with less upkeep. MultiCyclone Plus and MultiCyclone Ultra filters combine centrifugal and cartridge filtration into one streamline housing, creating an ultra compact filtration system that can be vertically installed on a pool pump. The MultiCyclone XL70 is the commercial model of the range and like its domestic cousins, the XL70’s unique filtration system works onthe basis of centrifugal water filtration and is designed with no moving parts. An ultra compact system, the XL70 is an evolution of Waterco’s MultiCyclone technology and the company has specially created the commercial version by increasing its number of hydrocyclones to cater for the higher flow rates and redesigned it to cope with the demanding requirements of commercial installations.

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE – SUPERPOOL SAND FILTERS FROM SCP Whether it’s for domestic or commercial pools, SCP offer a wide range of filtration products from a number of brands including Haywood, Pentair, Pleatco and Waterco, but two of the newest additions to their extensive filtration line up are the new top and side mount sand filters from Superpool. These distinctive products feature a non-corrosive gel coat fibreglass tank and are available exclusively from SCP. The two smooth finished white models include a 6 way multiport valve, reliable and durable Gylcerine Pressure Gauge and air release valve. There are four sizes available ranging from diameters of 500 to 900mm

SCP has added two Superpool sand filters to their extensive filtration line up, including this, the side mount model

CASE STUDY OC-1 MAKES WAVES AT DARTMOUTH POOL The opening of the new Dartmouth Indoor Swimming Pool was a result of many years of hard fundraising by the local community. For installers, Westcountry Leisure, the new OC-1 filtration system, with its promise of reduced energy consumption and muchincreased efficiency, was a natural choice. Devonshire pool specialists, Westcountry Leisure installed the beautiful 25m swimming pool using Certikin supplied equipment and impressed with the claims of the new ground-breaking OC-1 filter media, felt that this would be an excellent occasion to put it through its paces. Embracing the recent advances in pump technology and maximising the benefits of variable speed pumps, the ingenious OC-1 works through settlement, as opposed to the traditional method of entrapment. By replacing commonly used media (such as sand and glass) with OC-1 Filtration Media it is possible to reduce the head loss in the filtration 45-48_SPN_Oct_2016_Filtration.indd 47

system; filter with a constant flow (regardless of debris entrapment) and, most remarkably, significantly reduce energy costs as it can be used with a smaller pump or a variable speed pump or controller. Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson, went into consultation with Westcountry’s Mark Gilpin and estimated that using OC-1 compared to sand would in terms of electricity consumption save 71.73kW per day, which over the year equates to 26,181.45 kW. Assuming a price of 12p a kW, this amounts to a massive saving of £3,141.77 each year! Mark Gilpin said: “To be honest, I am amazed at just how efficiently it does work and the results it achieves. I think it justifies the title of a revolutionary product.” Westcountry Leisure 01626 364927

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THE PLEATCO PURESTART® RANGE OF PRE-FILL FILTERS Pleatco, LLC, a leader in the science of filtration, recently launched Pleatco PureStart® Pre-Filters – a revolutionary product range scientifically engineered to overcome the problems associated with tap, ground and well water being used for filling and topping off pools and spas regardless of make, model or size. Available through Plastica, these new disposable sediment filter cartridges are made from unique melt-spun filtration technology for depth filtration water purification. PureStart® cartridges attach to a garden hose and capture dirt particles filtering the water before it enters into a spa or pool. “PureStart® cartridges provide filtration down to 5 microns trapping elements such as magnesium, iron and calcium deposits. This means less chemicals when starting up or rejuvenating a pool or spa. PureStart® filters are disposable and can be used to either fill or top off a body of water of any size,” said Richard Medina, SVP Engineering. Pleatco PureStart® filters come in two sizes. The smaller PPS2100 filters up to 10,000 gallons of water and is ideal for spas and hot tubs, splasher pools, above-ground pools, swim spas and

and the range accommodates flow rates of 10m3h to 32m3h. The filters feature a hose clamp allowing the valve to rotate 360° for easier connection and for the larger 750 and 900 mm models, a large diameter threaded cover and a swivel stem also enables the rotation of the filter during installation. All variants across the range come with a five year warranty on the tank and one warranty on the valve.

CERAMIFLO – AN IDEAL CHOICE FOR COMMERCIAL POOLS WITH LIMITED SPACE Total Pool Filtration has teamed up with the Danish Company Provital to market the revolutionary Ceramiflo swimming pool filtration system in the UK. The ceramic microfiltration system has already been installed in many pools across Scandinavia,

topping off large pools. This is the ideal product that a service pro or a pool or spa owner themselves can use with ease. The larger PPS6120 filters up to 40,000 gallons of water is mainly used by service pros for filling large bodies of water from above-ground pools to swim spas, to in-ground pools and sport facility pools. Plastica Ltd 01424 857802

with fantastic results. The successful application of membrane technology to swimming pool water has allowed Ceramiflo to gain an advantage over more traditional filtration methods such as sand and glass. The Ceramiflo system can consistently filter down to 3 microns, which is sufficient to improve any Cryptosporidium management strategy. As well as improved water quality, it offers many cost savings for potential new pools and existing pools. For potential new builds, installing a Ceramiflo system will help save on construction costs as it requires a much smaller plant room. This is a direct result of it taking up 30% of the footprint of sand filters and also its need for less headroom, a smaller balance tank and no backwash holding tank. In addition to this, significant savings can also be made on water and energy bills as a third of the water is needed

for the backwash. For existing pools, the Ceramiflo system is an ideal solution for plant rooms that are tight for space and where balance tanks are undersized. It is also straightforward and hassle-free to install and will create minimum disruption to the day-to-day management of the pool. Finally, the Ceramiflo system is very user friendly. All backwashing is fully automatic and every component of the filtration system can be controlled at the touch of a button on a computer or tablet device. In the unlikely event that any problems occur, engineers can login remotely to investigate, and in most cases fix the problem, without the need for a call-out.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: AstralPool UK Ltd 01329 514000 Certikin International 01993 778855 Golden Coast 01271 378100 SCP UK 01293 813215 Spaeuro 01443 437915 Total Pool Filtration 01829 740290

One of the filtration units at Ankerskogen in Norway, a six pool facility who chose Ceramiflo as their filtration solution

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Top-End Tubs

Whatever the mood, for the spa lovers that want the very best, the 700 Series from Vita Spa are packed full of features

Promising an experience that was once reserved for the rich and famous, the luxury end of the hot tub market is a buoyant one and is a key battleground for both manufacturers and retailers in the UK. Targeting the serious enthusiast, who demands the very latest in technology, innovations and features, models costing in excess of £10,000 aim to provide their users with the ultimate hot tub setting for relaxation, recuperation and more. This issue, we look at the brands and models competing at the luxury end of the market By Jon Wadeson


igh-end hot tubs costing in excess of the magical £10,000 mark represent a key and lucrative section of the sales in what is an increasingly mature and knowledgeable UK sector. For customers that want the latest technologies, features and innovations combined with a sense of exclusivity, then high-end is the only choice and sales growth for these models has been reported by a number of brands. Despite the cost, an increasing number of customers clearly have both the appetite and finances for these premium priced products and the benefits that their numerous built-in features offer. 51-54_SPN_Oct_16_Hot_Tubs_High_End_Feature.indd 51

All product sectors cater for a luxury end and more often than not, despite lower volumes, margins are often considerably better and they are an essential part of any overall hot tub offering. In the UK, there’s plenty of choice available too and this issue, we take a look at a number of the options on offer at the luxury end of the hot tub market.

CALDERA CANTABRIA AIMS TO BE IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN! Supplied exclusively in the UK by Certikin International, the Caldera Spa range offers high-end models with its Utopia™ Series

of hot tubs. Featuring five models known for their thoughtful styling and performance enhancements, the Utopia Series offers the pinnacle of hot tub enjoyment for discerning spa owners. Signature features like the EnergyPro™ heating and circulation system, integrated FROG™ in-line water care, Hot Tub Circuit Therapy™, and the convenient LCD Advent™ control panel complement a host of exclusive points of distinction on the Utopia Series models. Sitting right at the top is the flagship model, the Cantabria. This magnificent spa doesn’t need to justify its position as the range topper of the popular brand – its

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HIGH-END HOT TUBS Sitting right at the top of Caldera Spas’ Utopia™ Series is the flagship model, the Cantabria

quality speaks for itself and it is as stunning as it is imposing. A very spacious spa, measuring 2.74m by 2.35m by 97cm deep, it is a true eight-seater with no skimping on space! Such is its size, the spa comes with a Cover Lifter as standard. Its high specification includes 74 powerful water jets, 14 air jets and three 2.5hp pumps plus Spa Frog and Ozone. It comes with the latest Bluetooth technology with amazing sound quality as standard and the much-talked about Ultramassage system which has an electronic sequencer which operates valves to send water to each jet to give up to six different massage patterns and speeds.

SCP’S BEACHCOMBER MODELS HAVE EXTRAS AS STANDARD The Beachcomber 750 is the ultimate expression of Beachcomber philosophy – with simplicity in form, fit and function. It’s the brand’s most spacious hot tub, so there is more room to soak in perfect comfort. The 750 offers the most flexible seating configurations for the optimum therapeutic massage action for your neck, back and feet. The QS special edition comes with a whole host of normally optional extra features as standard. These include: hush pump, 100% cavity filled insulation and double tiered safety step. Roman arch waterfall,

There’s six models in the Spa Crest Vision series, the top of which is the Hydrus and it represents the “pinnacle in hot tub design”

eclipse lighting package and i-Pod dock with Quintessential Surround Sound system are also included. The 725 Anniversary Edition is another great model from Beachcomber and it represents a new standard of excellence. Features exclusive to this model include: 147 fully customisable jets via 32 powerful waterports, one of a kind Flexjet options to personalise jetting therapy, 100% cavity sealed insulation and an Energy Saver management system. The model also comes with three free bonus features: Airconnect surround sound, crescent Moon lighting system and Roman Arch water feature. With over £5,000 in savings and fully customisable, it caters to those that are looking for a hot tub that is anything but ordinary. With a never before seen Titanium acrylic, the model is a force to be reckoned with. The all new Crescent Moon LED ambient lighting, sleekly integrated into the curved handgrips to illuminate a soft glow, the Titanium acrylic adds a striking metallic finish that brings out the beauty of Beachcomber’s timeless design. Hand made in Canada, the 725 Anniversary Edition has seating for seven plus one cooling seat.

A VISION OF HIGH-END BEAUTY FROM SPA CREST Spa Crest Europe’s Vision range of hot tubs represents the top end of products of the

Georgia, USA based manufacturer, with all the models in the range having RRPs including VAT north of £10,000. Tony Welsby, Spa Crest Europe’s Managing Director said: “The Vision range represents the pinnacle in hot tub design and features that our most discerning customers are looking for.” There are six models in the Vision range to cater to the needs of the higher end buyer. The range includes the Gemini, a popular twin lounger model for those who like to stretch out but don’t wish to fight over one lounger, and the flagship model, the impressive Hydrus. The Hydrus boat’s a number of high-profile celebrity owners, including the manager of a Premiere League football club, and a Grammy award winning chart-topping singer-songwriter. “On the occasions where someone comes in to a showroom and says show me your best hot tub, I take them straight to the Hydrus. It’ll seat eight people very comfortably, including one in a lie-down full body lounger. Each seat has a different array of jets targeting different muscle groups, with 105 jets in total driven by three high output jet pumps, so it really is a fantastic tub from a massage point of view,” said Tony. The Hydrus, like other spas in the Vision range also features underwater and perimeter LED lighting, 100sq/ft of filtration supplied by a separate low-wattage circulation pump, and the option of a Bluetooth connected remote controlled stereo system. As with all Spa Crest hot tubs, the ergonomically sculpted shell is, uniquely, reinforced with carbon-fibre, and all their hot tubs are still hand-build by craftsmen.


With over £5,000 in savings and a never before seen Titanium acrylic, the 725 Anniversary Edition is a force to be reckoned with

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The Beachcomber 750 is the brand’s most spacious hot tub and the QS special edition comes with a whole host of normally optional extra features as standard

Handcrafted in Canada, Coast Spas continues to hold the highest standards for quality and reliability as one of the only hot tub brands in the world that are built in an ISO 9001:2008 quality certified facility. Their high-end Luxury, Curve and Cascade series spas are the very 28/09/2016 10:13

HIGH-END HOT TUBS definition of a premium spa. The seating and massage jets are carefully engineered to maximise space and comfort all while providing the highest level of hydrotherapy with powerful jet pumps and oversized plumbing. A luxury hot tub is deep and their hot tubs are some of the deepest in the world. This provides the bather with more leg and foot room and offers seating that is more upright and comfortable. All premium Coast Spas’ models have a commercial-grade Cyclonic Filtration pressurised filtration system as a standard feature. This removes the hot tub filter from the main hot tub area – because after all – who wants to sit in the same water as their filter? Coast Spas also offer the only portable infinity edge hot tubs in the world, including the world’s only infinity edge swim spa. A true declaration of taste, class and style – an infinity edge hot tub is at the pinnacle of luxury in the spa world. This is not your neighbours’ hot tub and you can be assured that family and friends have never seen a hot tub like it. The infinity edge offers zero water displacement, no loud bobbing skimmers and the very best view that money can buy. New Coastal Smoke Cabinets and carbon fibre corners for hot tubs finished with synthetic cabinets were unveiled this year and both are optional upgrades across the range of spas within the Luxury, Curve and Cascade series.

ARTESIANS’ PLATINUM ELITE RANGE – ALL NEW FOR 2016 Artesian Spas’ successful Platinum Elite high-end range has had an overhaul for 2016 and all models will include even more innovation, quality craftsmanship and highend upgrades, making the Platinum Elite one of the most advanced luxury spa ranges on the market. The new models feature a sleek spa design and textured long-lasting Monarch Cabinetry, which adds years of maintenance free life to each spa. Elegant corner cabinet lighting and passivated stainless steel accents add a real

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‘Carbon Fiber Corners’ are available as an option across Coast Spas’ high-end models

touch of class to the spa exterior whilst an advanced new generation of Artesian Spas’ control system takes spa control to a whole new level. This new sleek design includes a large easy to read back-lit LCD with simple to follow menus and the technology to control the spa system wirelessly. Users can easily set the temperature, lighting preferences, reminders, diagnostics, languages, messages and time. Also new and exclusive to the Platinum Elite range is the water treatment system. Crystal AOP Brilliance is a low maintenance option, which features a progressive seven step water purification system that combines Artesian’s current Crystal AOP System with the FROG In-line Sanitising System. There are four options within the range – the 9 seat Pelican Bay, 7 seat Piper Glen, 6 seat Dove Canyon and 5 seat Quail Ridge.

In addition to the Platinum Elite range, Artesians’ Island Spas range also has a number of models that retail in excess of £10,000. The range includes a selection of hand sculptured, high-end hot tubs, chosen for their unbeatable hydrotherapy, energy efficiency and water quality enhancing features. These luxury hot tubs are the epitome of high quality and attention to detail, featuring Artesian’s patented Helix jet design. These jets are the key to unlocking one of the best deep tissue hydrotherapy massages available.

THE VITA SPA’S CABARET IS A REAL HIT The best-selling luxury hot tub in the Vita Spa family is the Cabaret which forms part of the feature rich 700 Series range. The new 2016 version comes with Vita Spa’s all new

The best-selling luxury hot tub in the Vita Spa family is the Cabaret and the new 2016 version comes with all the new Northern Exposure Insulation process

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HIGH-END HOT TUBS The EveRest Premium from the Wellis ‘HighLine’ series makes relaxation simply unforgettable

Northern Exposure Insulation process. Northern Exposure incorporates world renowned 3M Thinsulate™ technology, along with a more energy efficient copper reflective shield, something which has also been added to the insulating cover to bounce the heat back and further enhance efficiency. Another outstanding feature on the Cabaret is the combination of both UV and Ozone – a dual approach providing a better purification system that works in conjunction with the 24hr high volume circulation pump – filtering and cleaning 50,000 gallons each day, every day, ensuring lower maintenance and cleaner water. Hydrotherapy is Vita Spa’s business and the Cabaret offers a variety of 66 jets including their very powerful Vertical Back Massage jet. Steel framed construction and a sealed pan base give’s this spa extra strength and durability, while the spa also benefits from a Bluetooth music system that operates via the touch screen controls. And let’s not forget, this spa has Wi-Fi, so owners can easily operate the spa from their mobile device, anywhere in the world. To enhance the night time use there’s 17 underwater LED lights, top mounted LED coasters and LED back lit fountains all fitted as standard and the option of downward perimeter lighting around the base of the spa which really sets the scene. If the Cabaret’s layout or size doesn’t suit an owner’s requirements, then Vita Spa have four further models in their 700 series all featuring the latest technology and innovations that you find in the best-selling Cabaret. With lifetime warranties on both the steel

frame structure and insulation, it makes sense to look at a Vita Spa.

THOSE SEEKING THE HIGH-LIFE SHOULD CONSIDER HIGHLINE MODELS Distributed in the UK through Superior Spas, Wellis produce products that are certified to meet or exceed German TUV quality standards. The company are renowned for their strong focus on technology and produce spas that are full of innovative features. As the name would suggest, their ‘HighLine’ series of hot tubs cater for the higher end of the market and there are five models, each with variants within this series, that feature high power hot tubs combined with the latest technologies. For example, the EveRest model is available in Start, Deluxe and Premium versions, with the latter models all offering customers the ultimate hot tub experience. The EveRest Premium makes relaxation simply unforgettable with a number of additional innovations on top of the equipment of the Deluxe version. Accommodating five, the EveRest Premium also has two reclining areas, one of which is especially well-equipped: it includes two 2hp massage pumps, the PULSAR™ system, and the control pad of the AquaSOUL™ sound system. The additional control panels and the Wi-Fi smartphone application provide users with a comfort level that has never before been experienced. The seven person Elbrus Premium will wow users and retailers alike with its underwater colour LED therapy lighting.

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The Elbrus is made of premium materials which include antibacterial acrylic sheet, Poli-Max polyurethane foam reinforced body, vacuum-moulded ABS floor pan and a UV-resistant brushed plastic side cover. UV-C water disinfection system, a WPC frame and aromatherapy are all provided by the high-end spa. A main control unit and two extra control panels are also included with this model allowing massage control from any of the seats and the Pulsar™ system enables a choice of nine tailor-made massage programmes in one of the seats. A fantastic AquaSOUL™ sound system and smartphone Wi-Fi application are included in the basic equipment of the Elbrus too.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Artesian Spas 01302 730295 Certikin International 01993 778855 Coast Spas +1 604 514 8111 SCP UK 01293 546126 Spa Crest Europe Ltd 0844 871 8730 Superior Spas (Wellis) 01246 559071 Vita Spa UK 01245 477400 28/09/2016 10:13





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Tiled Finishes That Create Bespoke Spas For commercial facilities that require a compact luxury water experience with durability built in, it’s hard to beat a tiled spa or swim spa. With unique finishes combined with installation, flexibility and resilience, it’s no wonder these products are enjoying such success. Their bespoke nature has made them a hit for high-end domestic installations and designers love them too thanks to variety of options on offer. This issue, we take a look at what’s on the market By Jon Wadeson


hen a customer is looking for a spa or swim spa, quite often more traditional off the shelf solutions just won’t do. For many, the need to have a bespoke solution is because something special is desired – a real one-off that makes a statement and that has the illusive ‘wow’ factor. For others, there is a need for a product that offers the ultimate in durability. Finally, there can also be a need for a bespoke solution when there are restricted access issues. Often, the solution for all of these challenges is a tiled spa or swim spa. Thanks to the wide range of luxury finishes, materials, styles and sizes on offer, the flexibility that these products provide will always leave more standard options trailing far behind. Whatever the requirement and use, the sector is one that offers numerous options to today’s discerning customers and despite it still being very much a niche sector, demand for tiled spas and swim spas has been equally strong across both the commercial and domestic markets. This issue, we take a look at some of the bespoke solutions that are on offer.

SPAS THAT COMES IN TWO PIECES (OR MORE!) One of the great USP’s of the Certikin tiled spa is that it can be delivered split into two, Working with Liverpool based supplier Rigo Spa Ltd, Certikin are able to tailor all options to suit a specification and décor. This applies to domestic, light commercial and heavy-use overflow applications 57-58_SPN_Oct_16_Tiled_Spas_Rev.indd 57

three, four and even eight sections! It’s the perfect solution for new build or refurbishment projects where access is a potential problem. This opens up the opportunity to replace or include a spa where previously considered not to be possible. The spa is rejoined on site by a highly skilled team and the joint hidden by tiling. All the spas come fully finished from the factory and can be tiled in a vast range of designs from 20mm mosaics to large format tiles or the customer’s own choice can be used. Their high specification includes water hydrotherapy jets for localised massage, air injectors for all over massage, an underwater light, a floating heat retention cover and full support leg kit. The number and arrangement of fittings can be installed in almost unlimited layouts in each spa, with the functionality double-checked by Liverpool based supplier, Rigo Spa Ltd. Highly versatile, the spas come in attractive round, square and octagon shapes. All the spas come fully tiled from the factory and in a choice of attractive glass mosaics. Alternatively, customers can supply their own choice of tiles. Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson said: “Everything can be tailored to suit a specification and décor, from the size, shape, number and type of jets and the choice of tiles and this goes for domestic, light commercial and heavy-use overflow applications. The possibilities are endless. “With Rigo as our supplier, we can provide an outstanding service for our customers and satisfy the requirements of the most demanding contract,” he added.

AstralPool UK chose Cheshire Spas & Pools to work alongside in a mutually beneficial arrangement to supply the pool trade within this niche sector

NEW PARTNERSHIP OFFERS QUALITY PRODUCTS AND A COMPLETE SERVICE In their search for a strategic manufacturing partner to deliver tiled spa and swim spa products to the market, and having had a close relationship for many years, AstralPool UK chose Cheshire Spas & Pools to work alongside in a mutually beneficial arrangement to supply the pool trade within this niche sector. There were a number of factors that lead to the partnership decision. A family run business first established in 1965, Cheshire Spas & Pools have since expanded and grown into one of the largest pool and spa manufacturers in Europe. Alongside AstralPool UK they can offer a complete in-house service from initial design in a CAD studio, to model and mould making in an ISO 9001 accredited onsite factory, through to final production and installation. As a leading distributor to the UK trade, AstralPool UK facilitate the route to market through their existing customer base and add value by coordinating pre site surveys,

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TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS needs assessment and all the sales functions. In this competitive market, one of the key drivers in selecting Cheshire Spas & Pools was their holding of the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard – they are the only spa manufacturer to hold the accreditation – and it delivers the following benefits: • Guaranteed quality control • The ability to mass produce without the quality being compromised • Continuous improvement • Organisation / documentation • Accountability • Great delivery times. The new partnership offers the largest range of standard moulds in the industry and all spas can be made in sections for ease of transport and access for installation. A highly trained team can then attend site and re-seal the sections to a seamless finish. All spas go through a 75 point quality control process prior to leaving the factory along with a 24 hour wet test, ensuring excellence through the manufacturing process.

SPA DE LA MARE INTRODUCE FIVE NEW ‘DUAL’ MODELS Guernsey based Spa De La Mare can confidently claim to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fully tiled spas and swim spas, and have recently celebrated 35 years in the sector. The company has developed exacting standards for their products based on a combined 70 years of experience of current owners Dean Gallienne and Mike Fossey. Their success in the pursuit of excellence has resulted in the company winning seven consecutive SPATA awards for Best Spa Company, providing independent confirmation of the highest standards of quality and service that they offer. Created using the same concept, both the spa pools and the swim spa range offer an unmatched quality with a finish of Briare porcelain, which gives them a unique character. They offer the maximum of comfort in the minimum of space. This year has seen the introduction of five new pools and due to popular demand, the company applied particular focus on their This year, Spa De La Mare has introduced five new ‘Dual’ technology models. They add to the company’s existing Cleopatra offering which includes this, the Cleopatra V

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This freestanding retrofit spa from GMT Spas needed to fit into an existing pool shell. It features an above-ground bespoke design with built in surround and hidden access

revolutionary ‘Dual’ technology – a swimmer and spa pool combination. Designed specifically for the UK climate, Spa De La Mare’s spas and swim spas are easy to maintain and are very energy efficient, both in power output and heat retention and can be adapted to suit the client’s vision, commercially or privately. When it comes to installing your spa or swim spa, Spa De La Mare’s team of dedicated technicians see all projects through from start to finish. They have worked with everyone from A-list celebrities and royalty to the man in the street – clients that have in common an appreciation of the value and sheer quality of the Spa De La Mare range of products. Whether inside or outdoors the company’s technicians work closely with their clients to create a solution to fit with the ambiance of the surrounding environment, whether contemporary or traditional.

WHERE QUALITY COUNTS – GMT SPAS INTERNATIONAL As every spa is unique, GMT Spas International believe that excellent communication and attention to detail are key factors at every stage of production. From design to completion, GMT’s highly qualified and experienced team strive to deliver an outstanding spa to all their customers, be that one from their standard range or a bespoke spa, swim spa or hydrotherapy pool. The company’s in house design team have a programme that enables them to stress test the spa design before it goes into production – this is in addition to the latest Solidworks 3-D design technology. GMT work closely with designers and architects, merging all parties extensive knowledge and flair to produce a bespoke, luxurious

experience to fulfil the needs of the most exacting clients. GMT Spas are uniquely placed within the sector as they are the only UK manufacturer not to install. This gives their customers the guarantee that they will not compete for client contracts. The approach means that GMT are left to focus on what they do best, designing and manufacturing what they believe are the highest quality products on the market today. Whether bespoke or from one of their standard range, all GMT’s spas are individual to the client. Tile design and colour, jet configuration, lighting and water features – all go into making every product truly unique. The company have provided spas and swim spas to the most prestigious people including international footballers, film directors, film stars, music legends and even royalty! Site access and loading restrictions such as basements and rooftops are overcome by providing spas in sections that once delivered to their required position, are joined and finished by GMT factory specialists, leaving the finished item with the integrity and durability of a one-piece spa shell.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: AstralPool UK Ltd 01329 514000 Certikin International Ltd 01993 777200 GMT Spas International Ltd 01244 629252 Spa De La Mare 01481 701333 28/09/2016 10:49

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The Ultimate Season Extenders

When it comes to enclosures, Certikin cater for every possible permutation including low level, high level, lean to, fixed and sliding options

This summer has proved once again that there’s only one way to ensure uninterrupted outdoor pool use in the UK – and that’s to cover pools up! For commercial and domestic pools around the country, an enclosure will provide year round swimming and in addition, will improve safety whilst reducing both maintenance and running costs. There’s no doubt that having one is an investment, but an enclosure means owners can maximise the potential of their pool. From the big to the small and to suit any pool, we take a look at the available options By Karen Witney


n enclosure lets swimming pool owners bring the outside in and its easy to demonstrate to customers the huge advantages that installing one brings. Static or telescopic, manual or motorised these super shelters are the definitive in practicality... and good looking to boot. Let’s face it, our summers are often ridiculously and disappointingly short and whist an outdoor pool is a fabulous addition to any garden or leisure facility, poor weather can swiftly spoil the fun and send swimmers running for shelter. But what if that shelter could be provided over the pool so that those enjoyable activities can continue uninterrupted? A pool enclosure is of course the answer. These attractive and versatile cover-ups are the perfect pool addition and as well as extending the season, they will also prevent heat loss, cut 61-64_SPN_Oct_2016_Enclosures_Feature.indd 61

down on chemical consumption and bar windblown debris from entering the pool, allow the owner time to enjoy their leisure time investment rather than spend precious extra hours on maintenance. Safety is of prime importance and an enclosure precludes access to children, pets or other uninvited visitors. Coming in many shapes and sizes and manufactured for use on domestic or commercial facilities an enclosure is the only option when rain threatens to stop play! Hot tub enclosures are equally attractive and like their more generously proportioned relatives they will add flexibility and protection. The exterior of the tub will benefit from the shelter an enclosure provides, shielding it from the elements and acting as a wind break. The glazing offers a level of privacy whilst still allowing users to enjoy surrounding views throughout the day and stargazing when the skies darken.

THE SECRET OF SUMMIT’S SUCCESS Summit Leisure are one of the UK’s leading suppliers and installers of telescopic and static swimming pool enclosures. With many hundreds of buildings under their belt throughout the UK, they supply and install buildings in both the domestic and commercial sectors. The secret of their success, according to Managing Director Graham Kelsey, is a combination of demonstrably the best product on the market plus a unique and incredibly diligent approach to customer service. The Summit Leisure Algarve Aqua telescopic building has an exclusive trackless design, which means that the company can install their enclosures without the need for any unsightly and potentially hazardous tracks or rails being fixed to the pool surround. This is a hugely important feature as pool owners often invest significant

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ENCLOSURES sums of money in their pool decks and don’t want them marred by anything which detracts aesthetically. Not only that, but the quality of their design, materials and production means that they can, uniquely, manufacture buildings up to an incredible 21m wide! Graham also says that the use of toughened safety glass, as opposed to polycarbonate, which can fade and craze, is another significant feature which buyers of Summit Leisure’s enclosures find especially beneficial. For the ultimate in luxury, any of Summit’s telescopic enclosures can be motorised to give completely automatic operation when both opening and closing the enclosure, at the touch of a button by wireless remote control! The real benefits of working with Summit Leisure are perhaps best extolled by one of their trade dealers. Ben Tiffin of XL Pools in Kent says they have many happy customers with Summit Leisure buildings over their pools. He said of working with Summit: “Graham and his team are very knowledgeable about enclosures and pools in general. Backed by a great product, the pool enclosures Summit supply and install are better than any other we have tried in the past. The level of detail in the specification and quotation documents provided by Summit is excellent and invaluable for both our customers and for XL Pools.”

A WIDE RANGE WHICH SELLS ACROSS THE GLOBE ALUKOV is one of the largest manufactures of enclosures in Europe. Not only do they offer the widest range of pool, spa and patio enclosures from one factory, but customers can also choose from low or medium height, free standing, lean-to or a completely bespoke design to suit end-user needs. The company is also a leader in innovation and development. Every year they come up with something new and improved to offer their clients which are located right across the globe. ALUKOV is also very particular about the quality of their products and the service they provide. In the UK, the company has

Attractively curved on one side and attached to an existing wall on the other this Alukov enclosure perfectly does the job and fits the space

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Summit’s superb enclosure protects and provides extended swimming plus fun times in the attractive pool and leisure area

become very well known for their high quality materials, customer care and service. ALUKOV only use UV stable polycarbonate with a 15 year warranty that will not get brittle or change colour over the years, strong aluminium profiles are thermal powder coated and guarantee no chipping of the paint and high durability. The company’s main focus is enclosures with rails. The easy glide system ensures that the enclosure is safely connected to the ground rail and allows for the opening and closing of even large enclosures to be carried out by one person. This negates the need for a motorised enclosure as the sliding is incredibly easy and comfortable. They do however offer this option for customers who prefer automation. All ALUKOV enclosures can be moved in both directions, from left to right, from right to left or from the middle – there are no limitations. For safety the company have added locks on each segment to make sure no unauthorised person can enter the cover. ALUKOV offers a bespoke service to each and every client. Not only do they manufacture

the product, they have their own transport fleet and installation team who erect the enclosure within few hours – there is no third party involvement.

THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS FROM CERTIKIN The Certikin range of pool enclosures includes fixed models (with opening side windows) and various telescopic options. In fact, every possible permutation is catered for including low level, high level, lean to, fixed and sliding options. One of the most popular is Certikin’s flagship enclosure, the Endless Summer, which is fixed with sliding windows and comes in three different designs. A unique feature is the so-called ‘Iris’ end – an optional extra that is rounded in shape and has wide opening doors. The Orion is another stunning model that offers telescopic opening and closing without railings through the use of an extremely strong yet visually light-appearing structure. Aesthetically elegant, the enclosures are aluminium in structure with twin skinned polycarbonate walls. Any RAL colour is available including a unique wood style finish which allows the enclosure to blend into its natural environment. The enclosures are suitable for many applications (both commercial and domestic) and not just swimming pools and spas – indeed they can offer an outside ‘living’ room for any use. The easy to handle sliding doors can be locked so that the enclosure is not accessible to children. The lowest level moving Aquacomet enclosure is the sleek Horizontal, which is super flat and elegant. Custom made in widths from 4 to 6.4m and height from 0.4 to 0.8m, the Horizontal can be supplied and installed by Certikin with installation taking just half a day. Certikin offers a free site survey. Installation is optional to give full peace of mind, or supply only and guidance provided should it be preferred. 28/09/2016 10:12


Finished in green, this standing height enclosure from Telescopic Pool Enclosures blends perfectly into its wooded surroundings

MADE TO MEASURE ENCLOSURE SOLUTIONS Telescopic Pool Enclosures has been installing nationwide since 1991 and have successfully completed hundreds of installations. Their wide range includes high and low options of bespoke retractable and fixed swimming pool enclosures for residential and commercial settings plus spa enclosures. The company exclusively offer products in the UK from AZENCO, one of the largest French fabricators plus ROLAL from Austria. Each one is made to measure and their large enclosures are designed for the UK climate with a proper glazing system, the only one in Europe, with gasket and pressure bead. There are many options as the enclosures can be single or double glazed with many roof options in 8mm double walled,10mm double walled or 16mm triple walled polycarbonate. All are UV stabilised and can be Solar Reflective or tinted. Choosing glass allows for far greater use with better insulation and less issues with condensation and misting. As they are bespoke, the enclosures may have different combinations of fixed or retractable sections in any RAL colour, apart

This exceptional space age enclosure from Arch demonstrates the technical design and build ability the company offers

from fluoresce or metallic, self cleaning glass, double glazed with solar reflective glass, tinted, patterned or clear with door options as sliding, bi-fold doors and separate fly-screen doors to keep out insects when doors are open. When it comes to access and installation, there are no issues as the enclosures are constructed on site using British fitters who don’t rush the job but pay attention to detail. Full planning and building regulations are taken care of and all projects are managed to ensure customer satisfaction. Large span enclosures are no problem and incorporating walls and buildings is easily achievable using glulam beam goalposts to enable a central or off centre beam for greater flexibility. For those with lesser needs, the company has other low mid height and high enclosures, with spa and hot-tub enclosures, retractable garden rooms and pool decks – something for all purposes and budgets. The low enclosures are the lowest available and are amongst a handful that feature interlocking sections – so large to smallest or smallest to large – no gaps, closed with a

neoprene skirt. The company offers long guarantees with 15 years on glazing and 10 years on installation and product (excluding motorisation).

ARCH ENCLOSURES TAKE CONTROL OF THE WEATHER An Arch Enclosure not only provides the potential for year-round swimming but also extends the swimming day and at the same time creates an elegant additional room for entertaining and exercise. With widths from 5m to 25m (16ft to 82ft) with unlimited length, putting a pool under cover is a realistic and affordable solution to coping with unpredictable weather in all seasons. In fact, all their enclosures are either fixed in position or are available as moving sections that can be telescoped open on tracks in minutes. There are security advantages too – improved safety by keeping unwanted visitors, unsupervised children and pets away from the pool. Child safety windows conform to new EU regulations. An enclosure from Arch offers state

CASE STUDY: As Summer Turns To Autumn… As every pool owner knows, as autumn arrives, thoughts turn to how to extend the all too brief British swimming pool season. There are lots of ways to cover a pool but few can rival the good looks and robustness of the Aquacomet enclosure, which is why when Cambridgeshire retailer Aqualeaf Ltd built a demonstration pool at their premises earlier this summer, they chose Certikin to supply the crowning glory. Based in Ely, Aqualeaf operate nationwide and have in their 40-year history installed swimming pools all over the UK and Europe. “As a successful swimming pool business we require premium quality, reliable products that we can guarantee for our customers,” said Director, Paul Carman. “Certikin is our supplier of choice because it offers excellent products, reliable service and fantastic support. We are delighted with our Aquacomet pool enclosure for our demonstration swimming pool. It has attracted a lot of attention and proved a huge success in helping secure many new customers.” 61-64_SPN_Oct_2016_Enclosures_Feature.indd 63

Aesthetically elegant, all Aquacomet enclosures are aluminum in structure with a combination of twin skin and clear polycarbonate walls which are superb at keeping the heat in and the leaves out. Most RAL colours are available, including a unique wood style finish, which allows the enclosure to blend into its natural environment. The enclosures are suitable for many applications (both commercial and domestic) and not just swimming pools and spas. Aqualeaf Ltd 01223 234980

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ENCLOSURES of the art techniques and the patented designs are recognised as amongst the most innovative and technically up to date in the world. The company has over 40 years’ experience in the construction and design of lightweight structures and they supply a complete fixed price, custom built turnkey package which consist of design, manufacture, construction and installation by their engineers. Each building has a ten year manufacturer’s guarantee. The enclosures offer new opportunities and increased profitability to commercial ventures by extending the season, increasing throughput and reducing costs. In addition to being used for pools, their commercial buildings can be used as a tea room, elegant restaurant, badminton court, exercise room or gymnasium, health club, meeting room, classroom or conservatory any time of year by schools, hotels, health clubs and camping sites.

PLANNING MUST BE ADDRESSED Many homeowners are unaware of any planning regulations that may affect installing a pool enclosure. In a nutshell the following applies – Planning Permission is not required subject to the following limits and conditions:

• No building, enclosure, pool or container forward of the principal elevation fronting a highway. • Buildings are to be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof or 3 metres for any other roof. • Maximum height 2.5 metres within 2 metres of a boundary. • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms. • Maximum 50% coverage of land (i.e. garden) around the original house can be covered by additions or other buildings. • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers or pools more than 20 metres from the house to be limited to 10 square metres. • On designated land (includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites), buildings, enclosures, containers or pools at the side of properties will require planning permission. • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Alukov 0118 909 9844 Arch Enclosures 01444 411411 Certikin International 01993 778855 Summit Leisure 01264 850001 Telescopic Pool Enclosures 01722 323460 It is recommended that your customer contact their local authorities to ascertain whether they require consent. The rules governing swimming pools apply equally to outbuildings, sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as ponds, sauna cabins, kennels and many other structures incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.

CASE STUDIES: Swimex – Saving Commercial And School Pools Swimex supplies fixed and telescopic enclosures, incorporating the Galaxy, Eureka, Pool Cover, Oxford, EasyGlide and BabyDome brands along with its own in-house SwimTech rubber safety floor. The company has just completed a 25 x 13.50m fixed angular Pool Cover EasyGlide building over a very old, unused pool just outside London. Using complex loading equipment and installing onto completely reinforced Georgian garden type walls, the finished pool is now ready for all year round use. Also, as an exclusive UK Galaxy distributor, Swimex recently completely a superb pool renovation project at Quinta Christian Centre in Shropshire, where an unused pool was converted for the 100 or so visitors staying in groups at this idyllic setting near Oswestry. The renovation was completed with an attractive rubber floor from Swimex. Meanwhile, Hampshire Collegiate School, an independent school situated in Florence Nightingale’s old family estate near Romsey, converted their infrequently used outdoor pool into an all year round facility, with changing rooms which also featured a new Swimex rubber floor. Since 1998, Swimex legacy brands include EasyGlide telescopic domestic (handled by Senior Commercial Manager Jeff Murray), Pool Cover commercial

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BEFORE: The unused pool just outside London

AFTER: Looking great and ready for all year round use

BEFORE: The Quinta Christian Centre pool

telescopic (handled by Chris Elliot) and Eureka Pool Covers / Oxford Enclosures (handled by Senior Strategy Adviser John Crane, who is near retirement). In addition, Business Dealer Development is looked after by Geoff Allen who is now revitalising the company’s dealer referral system while Piers Owen is responsible for

AFTER: The pool sporting new Galaxy enclosure and rubber flooring

all installations, after-sales and rubber flooring contracts of SwimTech. Diane Fox in the office coordinates all order processing and marketing. Swimex Enclosures Ltd 01832 275333 28/09/2016 10:12

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It’s Showtime Again At The NEC

Aqua Warehouse Group will again be returning to the NEC

A new look Hot Tub Living Expo returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 24 – 25 October with a special Exhibitor VIP taking place the evening before. This issue we take a look at what’s in store for visitors to the renamed event By Jon Wadeson


he renamed Hot Tub Living Expo event will run in Hall 11 at the NEC this year and the New Events organising team believe it will have the largest selection of hot tubs and swim spas on show anywhere in the UK. After last year’s UK Pool & Spa Expo, the event rebranded to better reflect the type of exhibitors it was attracting and the direction that it wanted to go in. So this year, visitors to the Birmingham show will see the introduction of outdoor furniture, hot tub screens, heating, spares, chemicals, pool covers, and other ancillary products. In addition to a wide range of great products on display, there will also be a series of free seminars and live debates running over the two main days. These include The Great Hot Tub Debate plus Technical and Aftercare forums which will be covering issues such as repairs, servicing, trends and failures. An area called ‘The Marketplace’ is also new this year and with its introduction, visitors can now meet many new companies and catch up with others that may not have exhibited in the UK for a while. This new area has a display and a central zone for attendees to have meetings with suppliers and secure the best deals for products. 67-68_SPN_Oct_16_Show_Preview_HTLE.indd 67

At the time of going to press, the following brands were confirmed so far: 1 Stop Spas, Allseas Spas, Almost Heaven Saunas, Alp Spas, Aqua Bike UK, Aqua Spa Supplies, Aqua Warehouse Group, Biochemica, Blu Line Spas, Cedartree, Darlly Europe, Doric Marketing, Doughboy, Emma Cordington, Enovative Technologies, Everything Towelling, Fonteyn Spas, Hydropool, La Hacienda, L.A. Spas, LA-Z-BOY Spas, Loop-Loc, Lovibond Tintometer, Marquis Spas, O-care, Passion Spas, Platinum Spas, Pollet Pool Group, Pool Chemical Products, Riviera Pool, Saturn Spares, Signature Weave, Spa Solutions, Spa Time By BAYROL, Summit Leisure, Spatech Training, Superior Spas, Viking Spas, Vita Spas and Wellis.

JUST A FLAVOUR OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE Below we have highlighted a selection of just some of the companies and products that visitors can see at the show this year. There’s also some exciting offers and special deals from suppliers that are an exclusive to this year’s Hot Tub Living Expo event. Spa Solutions are offering exclusive offers for both trade and consumer visitors to their stand this year. Dealers – for every three spas bought, Spa Solutions will add another two to your showroom while consumers can benefit from 30% off all models. La Hacienda will be showcasing some of their innovative outdoor heating and cooking products at The Marketplace feature this year. Vita Spa are proud to announce a new breed of swim spa with the introduction of their xStream Force Jet Propulsion System, which will be on display in their new VL4 swim spa. This new Jet Propulsion System uses proprietary ‘Anti-Turbulence’ technology to boost and smooth out the swim stream for the ultimate swimming / exercise experience. Aqua Bike UK will be showcasing their new and dynamic Aqua Bike. This single person spa chamber comes with a pedal facility allowing the user to work out whilst benefitting from the same sort of massage as a traditional

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La Hacienda will be showcasing some of their innovative outdoor heating and cooking products at The Marketplace feature this year

Biochemica will return to Birmingham with their Pool Chemical Product range

spa – helping burn calories whilst not straining your muscles. Wellis will be showing their brand new Rio Grande swim spa. Thanks to the unique solutions of the counter-current system, it serves as a swimming pool, and after the exhausting swimming, users can relax in the massage section with three seats and one reclining place. Providing a combined experience for its users, the Rio Grande is 6m long and 1.5m deep and is unique on the market. O-Care will be presenting their safe solutions for natural spa water. Using O-Care can reduce the amount of chlorine or bromine use and the mixture of high quality mineral salts means that skin is left feeling soft and odourless plus there’s no need to shower after bathing, which is important when using chemical water treatments alone. Allseas Spas are returning to the event and invite visitors to their stand to find out more about their range of exercise and mini pools. Go along and meet their team of professionals on stand A15. Saturn Spares are offering an impressive

20% discount to all customers visiting them for their first order. The company look after many Master Spa customers and also provide bespoke covers for hot tubs. Superior Spas return with their range of hot tubs and an aim of ensuring that every customer who comes into contact with them receives the most outstanding service offered by any company on the market. Everything Towelling Company specialises in selling beautiful and original towelling products ideal for outdoor living and will be showing a range of their products within The Marketplace. Aqua Spa Supplies are a one stop shop for all hot tub and spa related accessories. Regulars at the show, the company specialises in their own brand of cover lifts and steps. There are no minimum order quantities and they offer a fast dispatch service. Passion Spas will be introducing two brand new models at Hot Tub Living Expo. One of them is the ‘Mirage’ spa, which is specially created by the company’s design team for the growing demand for modern looking spas, fitting into geometric and modern gardens. Visit their stand for special deals and great

discounts on showroom models. Want to find out more about the only swimming pool safety cover proven strong enough to support an elephant? Loop-Loc will be represented within The Marketplace at this event but don’t expect to see the elephant! Finally the knowledgeable team from Lovibond Tintometer will be in The Marketplace, offering advice on everything needed for precise testing regardless of the application or budget. With this small snapshot of what to expect at Hot Tub Living Expo 2016, make sure you register online to get free entry to this event. Visitors can also enjoy free parking and free Wi-Fi once at the venue. Opening times are from 10am to 5pm on Monday and 10am – 4pm on Tuesday. The VIP Evening runs the night before from 5pm – 8pm. Visitors that would like to attend the VIP Evening should contact Niki or Claire at New Events to find out more. Hot Tub Living Expo 01428 609382

Wellis will be showing their brand new Rio Grande swim spa.

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A Global Event, Not To Be Missed Piscine Global is the world’s biggest event for swimming pool and spa professionals and is without doubt, a must attend event for anyone who’s seriously involved within the industry. This issue, we preview what’s in store for those attending the four day biennial event which takes place 15 – 18 November at Lyon’s Eurexpo Venue By Jon Wadeson


visited the Lyon based show, discovered more than 100 new products and a thousand brands being displayed by in excess of 550 exhibitors. This year, from 15 to 18 November, visitors can expect to see nearly 600 pool and spa suppliers who will be presenting their products, services and innovations at the biennial event. As the biggest international gathering of manufacturers, the exhibition provides a unique chance for professionals to get together and create new business opportunities. As with previous events, all sectors of the swimming pool and spa industry will be represented, including pool construction-installation, pool equipment and The show prides itself accessories, maintenance, on innovation and new products are presented in protection and safety, a dedicated area fitness, services,

reated in 1979, Piscine Global is the largest but also the most important international professional exhibition for the swimming pool and spa sector. Twenty two thousand 0 professionals benefit from Piscine Global’s expertise throughout the world and in 2014, almost 17,000 visitors from over 100 countries 71-74_SPN_Oct_16_Lyon_Preview_Rev.indd 71

outdoor equipment and public facilities and accessories. Organised under the patronage of the French Federation of Pool Professionals (FPP), Piscine Global is effectively three shows under one, all encompassing brand. It consists of:

Piscine is the section of the exhibition dedicated to private swimming pools and spas. It is the benchmark sector for private pool and spa professionals, whether they work in construction or installation, distribution or are involved in the specification of products. Piscine is organised in partnership with the Swimming Pool Professionals Federation (FPP) and whether it’s discovering, testing, training… this section of the event offers a programme of dynamic, useful events including: • Piscine Innovations: the showcase for swimming pool and spa innovation with

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Piscine Global attracts visitors from the following sectors: • Construction/Installation (Pool builder/ fitter, general building contractor, sauna/Hammam/spa fitter...) • Mass retailing (specialist pool and spa equipment and accessory distributor, food/DIY/specialised superstore/garden centre, distance selling, central purchasing unit, wholesaler) • Design and management (landscaping, design, landscaping architecture, architecture, interior design, decoration, property developer/private home builder, design office/planning, fluid engineering, water treatment) • Private organisation (hotel, tourist residence, holiday village, campsite, luxury camping, sports club, fitness and wellness centres...) • Public organisation (swimming stadium, municipal swimming pool, public authority, university, swimming club...) PLEASE NOTE: The exhibition is reserved exclusively for professionals who have an invitation. In 2014, Piscine Global established a policy to bring qualified buyers as visitors to the show. Under this policy, visitors are required to pay a registration fee if they do not comply with the show’s visitor’s profile. For those that don’t have an invitation code or who do not comply with the visitor’s profile, registration is possible in the exhibition reception area upon arrival but an entrance fee of €30 including VAT is applicable. If you are a manufacturer or industrial supplier or if you are an employee of a service provider or of a financial organisation, the entrance fee is €300 including VAT.

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more than 100 new products competing. • Piscine Water Tests: an area dedicated to demonstrating technical innovations in real situations, with specific communication in the press, on the web, etc. • Pool Vision competition: a competition featuring swimming pools designed by architects – not to be missed! • Showroom Academy: a comprehensive range of ideas for improving pool specialists’ showrooms and promoting sales. • Speed Meetings: quick business meetings planned with preselected buyers. • Lectures: lectures following one another all day long in the forum area.

Aqualie is the section of the exhibition dedicated to commercial pools, and visitors working for local authorities and private

facilities will be able to discover a complete range of products and services for the sector. Aqualie is organised in partnership with the French Swimming Federation (FFN) and as an accompaniment to a visit to the exhibition, Piscine Global offers visitors special days and events dedicated entirely to the commercial sector. These include: • Local Authorities Days: These comprise visits to swimming pools, lectures, round table sessions with experts, guided tours of the exhibition and Speed Meetings with exhibitors of their choice. • Campsite Day: Comprises a lecture, a guided tour of the exhibition and Speed Meetings. • Aquafitness Festival: Running across all four days, professionals visiting the show will be able to see the fitness products used in real-life situations. • Piscine Water Tests: These take place in an area reserved exclusively for demonstrating products in real situations in customised demonstration pools. • Piscine Innovations: ‘Piscine Innovations New product’ for technological innovations

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SHOW PREVIEW Living Pool is the section of the exhibition dedicated to pool surrounds and the outdoor environment


Returning in 2016 - SCP, Waterco (left) and Zodiac (far left) are three names familiar to the UK market

and the ‘Piscine Innovations - Sustainable Development’ for products and solutions that meet one or more ‘sustainable development’ criteria.

Finally, Living Pool is the section of the exhibition dedicated to pool surrounds and the outdoor environment. It was created because Piscine Global wanted to bring together suppliers and buyers concerned by a fast-growing trend – the combination of swimming pool and landscape – and will appeal to visitors working in the private sector along with pool and spa professionals. With the market shifting in a big way towards landscaped and ‘decorative’ surrounds into which pools and spas are integrated, Piscine Global unveiled the Living Pool Exhibition in 2014, showcasing outdoor

furniture, composite wood terraces, outdoor lighting, pool decks, mosaics, flagstones and floorings in a dedicated area. In 2016 the exhibition will feature an area devoted to landscaping. Visitors can also attend lectures on subjects connected exclusively with pool surrounds and the outdoor environment. Special information will be published on these events, in particular via press releases and on the Piscine blog.

AN EXHIBITION COMMITTED TO INNOVATION AND EXPERTISE The meeting point for everyone involved in the swimming pool and spa market and the place where the big stories are written, Piscine Global is also a springboard for innovative companies. Thanks to a comprehensive range of facilities and new products which are presented in a dedicated area – a number of which will be awarded prizes for innovation. And thanks to the Piscine Water Tests, Piscine Global is the only exhibition where it is possible to test numerous products and Just part of the 2014 show, this year organisers expect around 600 exhibitors 71-74_SPN_Oct_16_Lyon_Preview_Rev.indd 73

Piscine Global enjoys continuing confidence of the industry’s market leaders and includes some 70 companies, a number of which are amongst the biggest pool and spa manufacturers from around the world. In bringing these organisations together, the Majors’ Club provides an international platform for the pool and spa industry. These companies cover construction techniques, structures, lighting, air handling, liners, filters, water treatment, pumps, robots, home automation, covers, saunas, steam rooms and more and the requirements for joining the Majors’ Club include: • At least 20 years in existence • At least 50% of turnover generated through sales of swimming pool and spa-related equipment and services. • Head office or subsidiary located in Europe • An organised distribution network. The Majors’ Club logo enables visitors to identify the key market players and includes a number brands familiar to the UK market such as: AQUA COVER AQUAVIA SPA ARCH WATER PRODUCTS / LONZA CALDERA SPAS DAVEY WATER PRODUCTS DEL DESJOYAUX PISCINES ENDLESS POOLS FLUIDRA COMMERCIAL HAYWARD POOL EUROPE HEXAGONE HOTSPRING MASTER SPAS MAYTRONICS OASE PENTAIR AQUATIC SYSTEMS PERAQUA PISCINE LAGHETTO SCP EUROPE SPECK PUMPEN LOVIBOND WATER TESTING WATERCO FRANCE ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE

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The show is expecting visitor numbers of approximately 18,000 across the four days

solutions in a specially designed pool which offers real-life conditions. Being able to discover products working in a real context is truly an innovation and Piscine Global is the only exhibition to offer this kind of option. Expertise is also in the exhibition’s genes. For four days, visitors are able to attend a wide range of lectures in the forum area, and obtain valuable advice for promoting sales and improving

their showrooms and outlets thanks to a ‘demonstration’ shop. They can visit water parks and public swimming pools during the special days organised for public authorities and campsite owners, and admire the most remarkable, prize-winning pool and spa designs in the Pool Vision area.


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Gain access to a unique product offering and meet key industry players: Bringing together close to 1,000 international brands, Piscine offers a complete overview of the industry and is where the worldwide leaders exhibit. You can find them in the Majors’ Club area. Tap into market information to adapt your offering to international trends: During four days, Piscine provides an opportunity for training, via conferences chaired by various experts. Draw inspiration from trends presented at the Pool Vision competition, which puts the most remarkable pool projects in the spotlight. Discover the exhibitors’ latest innovations: An expected 100 new products will be launched during the four day exhibition. Utilise the Piscine Water Tests area to experiment with real-life demonstrations of the latest technological products. An opportunity to meet industry professionals: Piscine Global is an opportunity to meet new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere. In order to encourage networking, Piscine Global is organising Speed Meetings to enable visitors to meet professionals easily. Make the most of new tools thanks to the Visitors Route: To save time, Piscine Global enables visitors to choose their own thematic route: Majors’ Club: Dedicated to leaders in the pool and spa industry Living Pool: Dedicated to outdoor amenities and pool surroundings Aqualie: Devoted to commercial pools: public pools, aquatic centres, hotels, luxury camping, etc. FPP: For members of the Pool Professionals’ Federation Piscine Innovations: For exhibitors offering new products in terms of technical features or sustainability Export: Easily identify suppliers located in a geographical area

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Help is at hand for those that can’t find their way around what is the world’s largest pool and spa show

BRANDS THAT WILL BE FAMILIAR FOR UK VISITORS UK visitors will be familiar with a number of brands, both big and small, that are at the show. There is also representation from a number of UK companies too, some of which will be using the event to showcase products for the first time. Distributors Certikin International and Golden Coast will be in Lyon along with SCP. They’ll be joined by water testing brands ITS Europe, LaMotte, Lovibond and Palintest plus water treatment specialist Elecro Engineering and Triogen. On the spa and hot tub side, Arctic Spas, Passion Spas, Spa Euro and Vortex Distribution have all booked their places. The list of participating companies will of course change as the event draws nearer, so for a complete and current list, it’s well worth searching on the Piscine Global website in the run up to the show. Piscine Global takes place 15-18 November at EUREXPO in Lyon, France. With so much to see and do across the four days, the argument for attending the show is a strong one. SPN will be out in Lyon for the full duration of the show – perhaps we’ll see you there! Piscine Global +33 478 176 324 28/09/2016 10:11

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NSPF Expands International Efforts The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) has increased the delivery of pool and spa education around the world and since 1984, an outstanding 139 active NSPF Instructors outside the US have provided CPO® Certification opportunities in 97 countries and certified over 19,900 students. The non-profit organisation has accomplished much in 2016 in terms of bringing a higher standard of pool care to numerous countries. May was a busy month internationally and began in Barcelona with NSPF representatives and Consejo Superior de Normalización y Seguridad Integral en Piscinas (CNORSIP) members meeting with the governor from Tarragona, Spain. Evidence that minimum educational requirements help keep pools safer and encourage more people to live happier and healthier lives was presented to a roundtable of peers. Ishtvan Kokhan represented NSPF in Ukraine at Aquatherm Kyiv providing information on standards/requirements for public pools in the US and how CPO® Certifications can benefit operators, patrons, and facility owners. Kokhan had an incredibly active Q&A session which demonstrates that the Ukrainian pool industry is ready to grow and learn. Over 420 companies from 20 different countries joined Aquatherm and NSPF was on the forefront of providing answers to the eager crowd. NSPF held an Instructor Training Course in Puerto Rico recently. Students from Canada,

Dubai, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela became new NSPF Instructors. NSPF Instructor, Rudy Stankowitz, also held the first CPO Certification course in Guyana, South America. The director of engineering at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown wanted the custodial staff of eight to be certified for the country’s upcoming Golden Jubilee. “The CPO® Certification has such a long and incredible history in protecting swimmers at aquatic facilities throughout the world. I was extremely flattered at the opportunity to bring this programme into the country of Guyana,” stated Rudy Stankowitz, CEO and President, Aquatic Training & Consultants. “You could see the tremendous amount of pride and excitement on the faces of the individuals at this facility as they received their test results knowing that they were making swimming pool history in being the first in their entire country to earn this certification.” NSPF is continuing its efforts to impart pool care knowledge in Australia and Mexico too. An NSPF Instructor Course, CPO® Certification Course, and marketing seminar took place at the recent SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show held at the Gold Coast in Australia, with the Foundation also exhibiting. In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, The Asociación De Profesionales de la Piscina A. C. (APPAC) conducted for the fifth consecutive year, a CPO® Certification Course during the Expo Tecno Agua. NSPF has had a long standing

Hayward Industries, Inc. Acquires Kripsol Group Hayward Industries, Inc., one of the leading global manufacturers of residential and commercial pool equipment, announced at the end of July that it had acquired Kripsol Group, headquartered in Yuncos, Spain. “We’ve had a long standing relationship with Kripsol and are delighted to add their portfolio of products and management talent to Hayward.This combination also fulfills our strategy of manufacturing close to our customers,” said Clark Hale, President of Hayward Industries. Founded in 1988 in Madrid, Spain, Kripsol markets its products around the world under the Kripsol and Fiberpool brands. Kripsol manufactures a broad line of products including pumps, filters, ladders, lights, salt chlorinators and controls. Miguel Garcia Sánchez, General Manager of Kripsol expressed his enthusiasm for the transaction and said: “This will provide a positive transformation for our company and employees. Joining with a global leader enhances our ability to serve our customers in Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world.” Kripsol will continue to operate as a separate entity.

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partnership with APPAC, who has trained over 25 NSPF Instructors, who have, in turn, certified over 900 students with the CPO® Certification As you can see, it’s been a busy year for the National Swimming Pool Foundation® and it intends to continue educating countries around the world about pool and spa operation. NSPF +1 719 540 9119

Fluidra And Holland’s SIBO Join Forces

Fluidra has announced that it has acquired 70% of Dutch firm SIBO, a leading company in aquatic installations and swimming pools with a major presence in the field of distribution in northern Europe, especially the Benelux countries. The incorporation of SIBO in Fluidra’s group will introduce new product category to its portfolio. SIBO is one of the international leaders in ponds and bio-pools with its brand AquaForte, which are biological or natural pools, an eco-friendly product that is on the rise in northern Europe, where it is calculated that one out of every ten new swimming pools is a bio-pool. SIBO has a 6,000 m2 headquarters near Eindhoven

(in the south of the Netherlands), thereby giving it access to different markets in northern Europe. This new location will enable Fluidra to improve its service to customers, especially those in the Benelux countries.

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IN BRIEF APSP & NSPF BOARDS APPOINT MERGER FIRM The boards of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) have hired AH, a leading professional services firm to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organisations. AH specialises in helping non-profit organisations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes. President and CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated: “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this unification.” The process is already underway with both organisations working closely to share documentation and meet important milestones on the process timeline. Rich Garbee, APSP Chairman of the board and G. Bruce Dunn, NSPF Chairman of the board jointly stated: “Both APSP and NSPF believe that AH is uniquely qualified to lead this effort. We expect to have a comprehensive plan by the first quarter of 2017 that will show how to maximise both organisations’ potential for the greater good of the industry.”

Largest Indoor Waterpark Looms For Russia Enduring a Siberian winter means suffering through long months of temperatures that regularly plunge into negative numbers. In the town of Tyumen, Russia, for example, the average temperature in January is -16.7°C (1.9°F). Even during the summer, weather remains cool. The average temperature in July is only 18.6°C (65.5°F). Residents of the Zarechny neighbourhood, however, will gain some welcome relief to their frigid climate when a new indoor waterpark – the largest amusement and health complex of its kind – opens next April. The burgeoning waterpark industry in Russia led Turkey’s Polin Waterparks to open an office in the country several years ago specifically to manage the development of these facilities and better serve the waterpark industry in the region. Now a leader in bringing waterpark attractions to the country, Polin’s previous installations include the Megacenter Gorizont Aquapark in Rostov-on-Don and Gorki Indoor Waterpark just outside Ryazan, H20 Waterpark and many more in different cities around the country. Plans for the futuristic facility include large translucent domes overhead to let in the sun, while wide expanses of curved glass hold back glacial gales. Palm trees will spread leafy fronds over guests relaxing and swimming within the warm,

temperate interior. While those elements might be incentive enough for many to visit the centre, the true attraction will likely involve less restful and more heart-pounding experiences – a variety of Polin’s most popular waterslides. A separate children’s area will be available for the youngest guests, and several large pools will offer more relaxed recreation, including a wave pool. Additional amenities at the facility will be a 170-room hotel and a complex of baths and saunas – about 15 different types, including Finnish, Scandinavian and Turkish options – that will take advantage of local mineral springs. Polin will be working with local investment group Sibentel on the facility which will be able to accommodate 5,000 visitors a day and anticipates as many as a million a year.


Passion Spas USA Sees Growth Despite Fire At European Headquarters

The Spanish Association of Pool Sector Professionals (ASOFAP) and Fira de Barcelona are organising the first Piscina & Wellness Forum on 3 and 4 November in Madrid. The event will include conferences, round tables, workshops and networking sessions to discuss the latest innovations, solutions, applications and trends driving the market of domestic and public swimming pools – including recreational and sports facilities – and the boom in the wellness and spa segment. Over 20 national experts are expected to take part as speakers to discuss topics of interest to the different stakeholders across the pool industry.

On 27 July, Passion Spas Europe – the largest spa dealer in Europe – experienced a devastating fire at their headquarters in the Netherlands. While no one was injured, the fire cost the company 65% of their massive facility. The fire damaged the majority of Passion Spas Europe’s 350,000 square-foot showroom, which included thousands of pounds worth of display spas as well as outdoor grills and kitchens, leisure furniture and accessories. The company’s manufacturing facilities and inventory of spas were not affected. A small, undamaged area of the showroom will soon reopen to customers, and a temporary headquarters has allowed the company to resume operations. As Passion Spas Europe continues to rebuild, the company’s North American sector, Passion Spas USA, is seeing extensive growth at its headquarters in Holland, Michigan. Though the fire impacted the operations of Passion Spas Europe, it did not negatively affect operations in the United States. The Passion Spas USA headquarters has expanded significantly in recent years, both in size of company, products sold and physical space. Six employees in both administrative and sales support positions help sell hundreds of spas throughout the nation while simultaneously serving local markets with the newly opened factory showroom in Holland. 76-77_SPN_Oct_16_World_News.indd 77

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A Glass Half Full “I’m sure that I had quite a long list of things on my mind to worry about, and I am equally sure that someone stepping out from behind a van wasn’t one of them!” Golden Coasts’ Jamie Adams puts into perspective the challenges we all face from time to time in our personal and business lives


t’s easy to go through life being worried about stuff, isn’t it? But do we worry about the right things? Perhaps we would all be better off worrying a little less and looking on the bright side a little more. I’m not suggesting that we should all go through life whistling ‘Don’t worry, be happy’, while keeping our eyes tightly closed against the challenges that we face, the disadvantages that we might have to overcome and even the amount of effort we will have to put in to succeed. But if the world is divided into optimists and pessimists, I’m happy to say that I’m one of the optimistic ones. My glass is half full and my cup runneth over. I’m not sure that I’d go so far as to say that this is the best of all possible worlds, but it isn’t bad.

AS EASY AS RIDING A BIKE Four years ago I suffered an accident that was potentially life threatening and has been life changing. I’ve been a keen cyclist for years so it was an everyday thing for me to cycle to work. After all, it’s good for your health and fitness. As I passed a parked van, the driver stepped from the back into the road and the two sacks of logs he was carrying became a challenge that neither myself nor my bike could overcome. A broken back, neck and scapula put paid to much of what I had previously considered in my life as ‘normal’. Due to the skills, hard work and support of doctors, nurses and surgeons plus my family and friends, I have been pretty much put back together again. But it has changed me, and not just in that I now have enough steel in my shoulder that I can set off an airport metal detector at 20 paces. I think I appreciate things more. In particular I appreciate what it takes to rise to a challenge, to get past a drawback and to keep on trying when every fibre of your being is telling you to stop.


GOING FOR GOLD I was addicted to the coverage of Rio 2016. When the Olympics came to an end my wife, Adele, and I always end up feeling a sense of loss having gorged for four weeks on the amazing efforts of athletes around the world. And, didn’t we do well. But 20 years ago, Britain came back from the Olympics in Atlanta with just one gold medal leading to a decision from the then Prime Minister John Major to start channelling lottery funds into sport. The only thing was, how was that money going to be spent? To a large extent it was the British cycling squad that showed the way forward with the theory of ‘marginal gains’. Make everything just a little bit better and the aggregated improvement will be huge. For 2016, Team GB had specialists looking at every performance aspect from the best way to improve sleep patterns to whether or not to shave pubic hair. (Yes, that’s true.) And of course ‘marginal gains’ has spilled over into business management, but the fact remains that in 1996 we won 26 less gold medals than we did this year due to a bunch of dedicated sportsmen and women and their coaches deciding that the challenge could be overcome. And it was.

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Once the razzmatazz of the Olympic circus leaves town, the real super humans enter the world stage. Well done Channel 4 for championing the Paralympics, and to the crew of the Last Leg for their irreverent humour on the subject of disability. As I write this, GB has already won an astonishing 95 medals at the Paralympics, 43 of them gold. That’s already more than we achieved at the same point in 2012. I’m amazed at the grit and determination that all of the competing athletes showed. In some small way, my accident and my long recovery has made me appreciate their achievements even more. And the Last Leg? Well they say that you should laugh in the face of adversity and those guys do. It’s so easy to turn drawbacks into excuses. It takes something special to turn those same drawbacks into something that spurs you on to success.

ALWAYS GET BACK ON YOUR BIKE So what is ‘normal life’ then? It’s something that is full of challenges and drawbacks and effort that needs to be made. Life, just like business, isn’t always easy but, as I said, for me it’s a case of looking at everything from a glass half full point of view. Put aside what’s beyond your control and look at what is within your control. It isn’t about the challenges that you face; it’s about how you face those challenges. This weekend I’m lucky enough to be cycling 100 miles to support CALM, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest cause of death in men aged under 45.   People used to say, ‘count your blessings’ when I was a youngster – it’s still pretty good advice.

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